-- the father of 15-year-old Brandon McInerney
(pictured), who will soon face first-degree murder charges with
a hate-crime enhancement in the death of gay teen
Lawrence King -- was found dead in the living room of his
Silver Strand, Calif., home shortly after 8 a.m. today,
Los Angeles Times
The body of the
45-year-old McInerney was discovered by a friend who was
supposed to drive him to a court hearing in his son's
Brandon McInerney is
being charged as an adult for shooting to death 15-year-old
Lawrence King on February 12, 2008. King was openly gay, and
many reports have described him as pursuing the troubled young
McInerney, who grew up in a household marred
by violence and drugs. The younger McInerney was
scheduled to begin a preliminary hearing today to determine if
there is enough evidence to move to a trial, officials said.
That hearing was postponed.
James Baroni, Ventura
County's chief deputy medical examiner, said there was no sign
of foul play or suicide at the father's home. An autopsy is
under way, and a cause of death should be available later
today, the deputy medical examiner said.
"Nothing at the scene
was a red flag," he told the
The elder McInerney was
facing recent felony charges of making criminal threats against
his sister, Maura McInerney. He also was charged with
possessing a firearm within 10 years of a domestic-violence
conviction, records show.