Fifteen-year-old Lawrence King was described as sweet but "very immature" and confused about his sexuality, according to court testimony on Monday.
Susan Crowley, King's seventh-grade special education teacher, testified for the defense at the murder trial of Brandon McInerney. Crowley claimed that King lacked "social skills", reports the Ventura County Star.
When [King] came to her class wearing a pink scarf, she told him to take it off, said Crowley, who testified that she probably knew King better than anyone at the school. Then there was the jewelry and makeup that followed. "I was concerned they were designed to draw negative attention to himself and would make him unhappy and victimized," she said. "He couldn't distinguish between positive and negative attention. He just wanted people to pay attention to him."
King was extremely immature for his age and didn't have a firm grasp of his sexuality, she said. A year before he was wearing women's high-heeled boots and telling friends he was gay, he had complained that another boy was sexually harassing him at school. King told Crowley back then that he wasn't gay, she said. "I think Larry was probably gay, but I don't think he knew that," she said. "He had a lot of years before he could figure it out."
McInerney shot his classmate twice in the head at point-blank range in February 2008. Up to 30 students witnessed the shooting. McInerney is being tried as an adult for the murder. The state also alleges McInerney had close ties to white supremacists, which has led to a hate crime charge.
The defense has portrayed Lawrence King as sexually "aggressive" and suggests that McInerney was "provoked." Prosecutors are seeking to quash McInerney's "gay panic" defense. Prosecutors asked the judge last week to instruct jurors to disregard King's sexuality.
Monday was the 18th day of McInerney's trial. McInerney faces up to 53 years to life in prison if convicted of all charges. The trial was moved to Los Angeles'San Fernando Valley because of pretrial publicity in Ventura County.
Rod 2.0's complete coverage on Lawrence King HERE.