by Kelvin Lynch, July 22, 2009
Lawrence King, the Oxnard boy slain last year at the age of 15 while at school, was portrayed as a "gay bully" by defense attorneys for his classmate and killer, Brandon McInerney.
In a pre-trial hearing, McInerney's lawyers said King would lash out verbally and chase boys who picked on him for wearing makeup, nail polish and high heels, according to the LA times.
Prosecutor Maeve Fox asked, "Is the defense 'gay panic'? This is just a fishing expedition to paint Larry King as someone who needed killing."
Fox presented an expert witness who testified that McInerney was acquainted with local neo-Nazis and kept a notebook with elaborate drawings of Nazi symbols and regalia.
Dan Swanson, a Simi Valley police detective and specialist in neo-Nazi gangs, said the evidence strongly indicated McInerney had been indoctrinated to some level.
Indeed, a search of McIneney's bedroom and backpack yielded the notebook, seven of Hitler's speeches translated into English and a book about SS troopers who had been former members of the Hitler Youth. Swanson said the collection reflected an interest in the Nazis that was far more profound than a World War II book report McInerney had been assigned.
Swanson discounted earlier testimony that McInerney had black and Latino friends at school, saying it was a commong tactic of white supremacists, who are accustomed to hiding their true beliefs. Swanson said the teenager's family was friendly with a white supremacist in the Oxnard area. The man told Swanson that he and his girlfriend allowed McInerney to sleep in their apartment a night or two before the shooting.
Teachers and students said King and McInerney had traded taunts and gotten into a shoving match in the weeks leading up to the murder. McInerney's attorneys said King harrassed their client by publicly declaring his love for him, and other boys complained that he would blow them kisses. A substitute teacher told investigators that King put his hands down his pants and wiped them off on her and other students, although her account was disputed by prosecutors.
"He was harassing other students," said Scott Wippert, an attorney for McInerney. "There was a climate of harassment at school that surrounded not only Larry but also Brandon."
King's murder shocked the country in February 2008. McInerney walked into a computer classroom and shot King in cold blood. McInerney was charged as an adult with premeditated murder, with enhancements of discharge of a firearm and a hate crime. He faces a sentence of 50 years to life in prison if convicted.
Both boys came from broken homes. At the time of the shooting, King was living in a group home after being removed from his foster parents' custody, following King's allegations that his father was physically abusing him. King's biological father abandoned him and his drug-addicted mother. McInerney's parents have a long history of domestic violence, apparently related to his mother's addiction to methamphetamine.
The gay community knows that this is the typical reaction of straight boys when encountering homosexuals and I think they are going to realize the hard way why most straight men the world over respond this way to those types of advances. No amount of media propaganda is going to change the natural defense mechanisms of the human species. Social Engineering experiments just create more problems for society.