Gay teen died of gunshots to the back of his head, medical examiner testifies
As a second day of testimony got underway in the trial of King's classmate, Brandon McInerney, Chief Examiner Ronald O’Halloran demonstrated to jurors how the bullets penetrated King's skull and entered the back of his head.
A lack of gunpowder or smoke residue indicates the shooter was at least 1 1/2 feet away, he said.
Under cross examination the medical examiner added a few more details: 15-year-old King had nail polish on his fingers and his toes and had recently shaved a small mustache.
McInerney, 17, is charged with gunning down King in an Oxnard computer lab in February 2008. The defendant is being tried as an adult in a Chatsworth courtroom.
Defense attorney Scott Wippert portrayed King as the aggressor, flirting and taunting McInerney so relentlessly that it triggered their fatal clash.
-- Catherine Saillant in Chatsworth
Photo: Defense attorney Scott Wippert speaks to reporters Tuesday outside the Chatsworth courthouse. Credit: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times