DA to ask for new trial in Calif gay teen killing
Thursday, September 1, 2011
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Southern California prosecutors say they will ask a judge to set a date for a new trial for a teen accused of killing a gay classmate three years ago.
Ventura County Chief Assistant District Attorney James Ellison said Friday his office will ask Judge Charles Campbell to pick a date for trial at a hearing next month. Campbell declared a mistrial Thursday in the case of Brandon McInerney after jurors couldn't reach a unanimous decision.
Brandon McInerney is accused of murdering 15-year-old Larry King at E.O. Green Junior High School in Oxnard. Prosecutors contend the slaying was a hate crime; defense attorneys argue it was committed in the heat of passion.
Ellison says prosecutors will review over the next month whether to pursue the same set of charges.