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Student testifies in gay teen slaying trial

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A teenage student identified as Cristian G. told the court in a very soft voice Wednesday that he was a casual acquaintance of Brandon McInerney, who is on trial for allegedly killing Oxnard classmate Larry King.

Wearing a pullover sweater and a black plastic rosary around his neck, Cristian, 17, said he and McInerney had a physical education class together and that McInerney talked about King to a group of boys on the day before the February 2008 shooting.

“He said he was going to get some guys together and rush him and shank him,” Cristian said in court, adding that McInerney showed no emotion when he made the statement.

Cristian testified that he saw King occasionally wearing makeup, jewelry and high heels with his public school uniform. When that happened, some students would taunt him with homosexual slurs, Cristian said.

When asked by defense attorney Scott Wippert if he ever saw King "chasing boys around," Cristian answered no.

Wippert is trying to portray King to the jury as an aggressor who flirted and taunted McInerney until it triggered their fatal clash.

Prosecutor Maeve Fox has described King as a shy, effeminate student who had recently come out of his shell to assert his sexuality and paid a price for it at the hands of a classmate with white supremacist tendencies.

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Photo: Brandon McInerney and Larry King. Credit: Los Angeles Times archives

 
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