Unfinished Lives

Remembering LGBT Hate Crime Victims

Father of Alleged Boy Murderer Found Dead

 

William McInerney found dead March 18, 2009 (photo courtesy of Gay American Heroes Foundation)

William McInerney found dead March 18, 2009 (photo courtesy of Gay American Heroes Foundation)

 

 

William McInerney, 45, father of 15-year-old murder defendant, Brandon McInerney, was found dead this morning at his home in Silver Strand, CA.  Dr. Joyce Frank, Ventura County Assistant Medical Examiner who conducted the autopsy, said that the elder McInerney died from a blunt-force head trauma.  The death has been ruled an accident.  McInerney was said to have a history of alcoholism. 

McInerney was found dead on the floor in his living room by a friend who was to take him to his son’s preliminary hearing in Superior Court.  Brandon McInerney is charged with the shooting death of openly gay Lawrence “Larry” King, 15-years-old, in their morning computer class at E.O. Green Middle School in Oxnard on February 12, 2008.  Young McInerney allegedly approached King from behind, and shot him in the head with his grandfather’s pistol. King’s murder has become the most widely covered anti-LGBT murder since Matthew Shepard’s death in October 1998.  McInerney had allegedly harassed King for months about his feminine self-presentation.

 

Lawrence "Larry" King

Lawrence "Larry" King

 

 

Controversy about whether Brandon, a youth fascinated by Nazi symbols and paraphernalia, was to be tried as a juvenile or an adult has raged ever since the shooting.  The younger McInerney was 14 at the time he allegedly shot King.  According to California law, he is to be tried as an adult, with a possible sentence of 51 years in prison if found guilty. 

Brandon McInerney

Brandon McInerney

The judge conducting the hearing postponed proceedings at the news of William McInerney’s death.  The family has announced a private funeral ceremony. The Unfinished Lives Project issues our condolences to the McInerney family.

 

March 19, 2009 - Posted by | Condolences, gun violence, harassment, Hate Crimes, Neo-Nazis and White Supremacy, Perpetrators of Hate Crime, transgender persons

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