The prosecution in the Chatsworth trial of Brandon McInerney, accused of killing his openly gay 15 year old classmate Larry King "execution style" in February 2008, vigorously argued that McInerney was a white supremacist who murdered King out of hatred for gays.
On Wednesday, McInerney put on defense witness Randal Hecht, a retired police officer and hate crime expert who testified that King's death was not a hate crime, according to the Ventura County Star.
Hecht said there were many inconsistencies in the prosecution's theory that McInerney was a white supremacist. McInerney wouldn't have had friends who were minorities while singling out gays as a group to hate under the tenets of white supremacy, Hecht said. The shaved head McInerney had shortly before the shooting was the style he wore, not a show of skinhead beliefs, he said. He also said the mere presence of doodles of white supremacy imagery or possession of historical Nazi items doesn't mean someone is a white supremacist.
Just because McInerney slept at the home of an avowed white supremacist who had numerous white power flags and images in drawers and closets, that doesn't mean McInerney ever saw them or that they had any influence over him, Hecht said.