Prosecutors have confirmed that they will retry Brandon McInerney for the 2008 murder of his gay middle school classmate Lawrence King. Jurors were unable to reach a unanimous decision in the case and judge declared a mistrial on September 1.
Two jurors are now speaking out. Juror Karen McElhaney expressed sympathy for the teen killer:
I saw a very damaged young man. I saw I think he is a very intelligent young man and I think he would give anything to take that day back. Yes he knows right from wrong but he was only fourteen. His coping skills... 14-year-olds especially young men are not known for their good decision making. It's very emotional. A child died. Another one... his life is over basically. Let's face it. It's such a horrible thing, especially with all the evidence testimony, it could have been prevented thats the worst part.
Is McInerney's "life over"? Wasn't aware of that ...
Brandon McInerney shot his 15-year-old classmate twice in the head at point-blank range in an Oxnard classroom in February 2008. More than 30 students witnessed the shooting. McInerney was 14-years-old at the time.