Father of slain gay teen Larry King calls jury 'incompetent'
The father of an openly gay student who was shot to death during a junior high school class nearly four years ago lashed out at the defendant, his family, school officials, the media and even jurors during sentencing Monday for the teen who killed his son.
Greg King, reading a biting four-page statement to the court before Brandon McInerney was sentenced to 21 years in state prison, called jurors "incompetent" for failing to reach a verdict in the murder trial. McInerney pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and manslaughter rather than go to trial a second time.
King, whose son Larry was 15 when he was shot twice in the head during a computer lab, criticized the media for doing a "poor job" of explaining how badly school officials "bungled the problems" having to do with his son's dress and behavior on campus.
King had started wearing women's high-heel boots and makeup and was flirting with boys on campus, teachers testified during the trial. Larry King's mother has said she asked school officials days before the shooting to intervene. Teachers also testified they were rebuffed when they asked administrators to step in.
"Rather than learning from it," King said of Oxnard school officials, "they hid behind lawyers."
McInerney never took the stand during the trial and, again on Monday, did not speak in court. His attorney, Scott Wippert, said his client was remorseful.
"He feels deeply remorseful and has stated repeatedly that if he could go back and take back his act, he would in a heartbeat," Wippert said.
McInerney mouthed "I love you" to his mother before being taken from the courtroom.
-- Catherine Saillant
Photo: Greg King, father of shooting victim Larry King, leaves court after jurors failed to reach a verdict in September. Credit: Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times