More testimony at the Los Angeles trial of 17-year-old Brandon McInerney, who gunned down his gay classmate Lawrence King in February 2008. The defense team paraded several witness who suggested that King "taunted" his classmate, reports the LA Times.
One teacher after another has testified in the murder trial about their deep worries that King's feminine attire and taunting behavior could provoke problems — and that E.O. Green Junior High administrators ignored them.
It wasn't just that King, 15, had begun wearing makeup and women's spiked-heeled boots, witnesses testified. It was that he seemed to relish making the boys squirm at his newly feminized appearance and was taunting them with comments like "I know you want me."
A series "gay panic" events triggered McInerney:
King continued to clash with boys at school and paid special attention to McInerney, according to court testimony. After lunch that day, he passed McInerney in a corridor and mockingly said, "Love you baby!"
History teacher Arthur Saenz testified that on that same Monday, Feb. 11, 2008, he noticed King "parading" back and forth in high-heeled boots and makeup near a bench where McInerney was sitting after school waiting to be picked up. A group of boys was laughing as McInerney grew visibly angry, Saenz testified.
The next morning King showed up at E.O. Green in his school uniform with no embellishment or makeup. In the computer lab, McInerney took a seat directly behind King. About 20 minutes into class, he drew a handgun and shot him twice in the back of the head.
McInerney is being tried as an adult for the murder. The defense has portrayed Lawrence King as sexually "aggressive" and has repeatedly suggested that McInerney was "provoked." Prosecutors are seeking to quash McInerney's "gay panic" defense.
Closing arguments could happen next week.