King Again Blamed in McInerney Trial

By Neal Broverman

Originally published on Advocate.com August 10 2011 5:15 PM ET

The increasingly bizarre murder trial of California youth Brandon McInerney continues, with the defense again pointing the finger of blame at 15-year-old victim Lawrence King — this time, by having McInerney's friend testify that King stared at him in the locker room.

According to the Ventura County Star, McInerney's onetime best friend Kaj W. claims King stared at him while he changed in the locker room at E.O. Green Middle School in Oxnard. Kaj (his last name was not made public because he is a minor) added that he asked to change lockers because of it. Prosecutors asked Kaj why he didn't mention that when police interviewed him after King's killing, for which McInerney is on trial. And Kaj said he was too stressed.

Kaj also told police at the time that McInerney had spoken about white supremacy before the shooting. Prosecutors say McInerney was a homophobic white supremacist who killed King because he was gay. But Kaj now says he doesn't remember saying that.

Meanwhile, McInerney family members are contradicting each other's statements, with one aunt saying another is lying about being sexually abused by McInerney's father. Also, McInerney's older brother Brian testified that World War II memorabilia, including a book on SS youth, an Iron Cross medal, and a video called Shooting in Realistic Environments, belonged to him, not Brandon McInerney.

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