The father of Brandon
McInerney, the now-15-year-old who shot and killed gay junior
high student Lawrence King last year,
was arraigned Friday
in California's Ventura County superior court on
felony charges of criminal threats and dissuading a witness
from reporting a crime.
Details on the alleged
crimes have yet to emerge and it's not clear whether they
related to King's murder. William Frederick McInerney
pleaded not guilty to the charges and a judge set bail at
$40,000, which the 46-year-old has yet to post, according to
William McInerney has a
history of violence -- he was found guilty in 2000 for
disturbing the peace, and was convicted two years
later for corporal injury to a spouse.
The judge ordered
McInerney to stay away from a house in Oxnard, Calif., where
McInerney family relatives live.
Brandon McInerney, a
former classmate of King's, is currently in a
juvenile hall awaiting trial as an adult in King's murder.
Brandon McInerney's attorneys are trying to have him
charged as a child, but a state appellate court denied such an
appeal last week. His lawyers said they plan to ask the
California supreme court to review that decision. (Neal