Juvenile Court Sought For SoCal Boy In Gay Killing

OXNARD, Calif. (AP) - A 14-year-old charged with killing a gay
classmate in Oxnard should be tried as a juvenile, his lawyer says.

The attorney for Brandon McInerney filed a motion on Tuesday asking a Ventura County judge to move the murder case from adult to juvenile court. The attorney argues that a state law allowing the teen to be tried as an adult and face a potential life sentence is cruel and unusual punishment.

A hearing was set for July 24.

McInerney is accused of shooting 15-year-old Larry King at their
Oxnard school on Feb. 12. He's charged with first-degree murder and
a hate crime.
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Information from: Ventura County Star,
http://venturacountystar.com

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

AP-NY-06-28-08 1331EDT


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