July 6th, 2011
The testimony has begun and, frankly, I’m glad I’m not there. So far there have been several students who were but around 14 at the time and who remain horrified and shaken by the event. But while it must be difficult having to relive the events of three years ago, these are the witnesses. They were there when Brandon McInerney and his friends spent months tormenting Lawrence King; they were there when King finally fought back using flirting as his defense; and they were just feet from the two when McInerney put two bullets into the back of King’s head.
Today students testified about being present at the shootings and one boy spoke about hearing McInerney talk about plans to attack King. (LATimes)
Wearing a pullover sweater and a black plastic rosary around his neck, Cristian, 17, said he and McInerney had a physical education class together and that McInerney talked about King to a group of boys on the day before the February 2008 shooting.
“He said he was going to get some guys together and rush him and shank him,” Cristian said in court, adding that McInerney showed no emotion when he made the statement.
Cristian testified that he saw King occasionally wearing makeup, jewelry and high heels with his public school uniform. When that happened, some students would taunt him with homosexual slurs, Cristian said.
When asked by defense attorney Scott Wippert if he ever saw King “chasing boys around,” Cristian answered no.
Today also revealed a detail that is shocking and may suggest that the day ended with less tragedy than it might have. (Star)
The second witness this morning was retired Oxnard detective Joe Chase, an investigator in the case. He testified about the crime scene, including about finding the .22-caliber revolver used in the slaying.
The gun was cocked when police found it, meaning it was ready to fire a third shot. There were four live bullets remaining in the gun.
During cross-examination, Wippert asked Chase if it was possible that when the gun was dropped, it could have fallen on the hammer, cocking the weapon.
“Anything is possible, but I would say no,” he said. He later said the weapon was jammed and likely could not have fired a third shot.
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