More testimony at the Los Angeles trial of 17-year-old Brandon McInerney, who gunned down his gay classmate Lawrence King in front of up to 30 students. McInerney's half-brother testified on Wednesday that McInerney was sexually and physically abused as a child, reports the Ventura County Star.
Billy McInerney said he thought Brandon McInerney shot King because of the abuse, Bing testified.King had been wearing makeup and girls' boots to school and telling people he was gay while rumors were flying that King was flirting with McInerney.
"If something like that happens, it is going to scar him," Bing remembered his stepfather, Billy McInerney saying of the sexual abuse. ... Bing said his family kept the molestation secret from him for years, but it came out after the shooting. But he remembers the cousin was sent away for a long time after it allegedly happened, he said.
McInerney shot his 15-year-old classmate twice in the head at point-blank range in February 2008. 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. Previous witnesses have also testified that King's "feminine attire" and gender identity was upsetting some of the students and faculty at E.O. Green Junior High in Oxnard.
The half-brother testified earlier this week about rampant physical abuse in the home, as well as their father's crystal meth habit. Watch FOX LA's report AFTER THE JUMP ...