Investigators found white supremacist materials in the home of Brandon McInerney, the 14 year old killer of gay teen Lawrence King. The materials were a “prime consideration” in the adding of a hate crimes charge.
Investigators seized white supremacist materials, including doodlings of Nazi swastikas, from the bedroom of Brandon McInerney, the 14-year-old Oxnard student accused of gunning down his gay classmate.
The items were found after McInerney’s arrest Feb. 12 for allegedly killing Lawrence “Larry” King, 15, a classmate at E.O. Green Junior High School, Senior Deputy Dist. Atty. Maeve Fox wrote in a court filing this week. The “trove” of white supremacist literature and drawings depict a “racist skinhead philosophy of the variety espoused by Tom Metzger, David Lane and others,” Fox wrote.
McInerney is being tried as an adult on a murder count, plus a hate crime allegation. Prosecutors previously declined to specify their justification for the hate crime enhancement. But in the court documents, Fox said the materials found in the teenager’s bedroom were a primary consideration in adding the hate crime charge. McInerney’s attorney, Deputy Public Defender William Quest, called the prosecution’s disclosure a “stunt” intended to inflame public sentiment against his client.
The case has been delayed due to a possible change in McInerney’s defense team.