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Teen seeks to be tried as juvenile

May 09, 2008|Catherine Saillant

Lawyers for a 14-year-old boy accused of fatally shooting 15-year-old classmate Lawrence "Larry" King postponed entering a plea Thursday and sought instead to transfer the case to juvenile court.

Brandon McInerney's attorney, Willie Quest, said the motion would challenge the constitutionality of trying his client as an adult.

McInerney faces a charge of premeditated murder for allegedly killing King at school Feb. 12, after King openly flirted with him on campus. Prosecutors have labeled it a hate crime. Student witnesses say the victim wore makeup and feminine accessories and that his appearance caused turmoil at the school.

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