Several more jurors are speaking out after last month's mistrial of Brandon McInerney, who killed his gay 14-year-old classmate Lawrence King. It was McInerney who was actually "bullied" and the teen killer got a "a raw deal", jurors told the Los Angeles Times.
One juror, identified only as Lisa S. because she did not want her whole name used, said many jurors came to believe that King was bullying McInerney by making unwanted sexual advances.
"This wasn't about him being gay,'' she said. "This was about bullying. There was a ton of evidence that Larry was acting inappropriately with other kids at school, and they didn't do anything to stop him. As for the new case, she added: "It was overcharged and an abuse of power, and I don't think a new jury will see it any different."
Prosecutors announced earlier this week that they would re-try the now 17-year-old McInerney for murder. The teen will be retried in adult criminal court, but the hate crime charge was dropped.
In a series of post-trial interviews, a number of jurors took issue with the adult charges. None were "convinced" it was a hate crime. Random question: If being shot not once, but twice in the head at point-blank range doesn't count as a "raw deal", what in the hell does?