Newsletter


Email:

Name:

12:30 | 20th July 2017

News: World

Thu 11 Aug, 2011
By Newsdesk


Defense attorney Scott Wippert questioned why Swanson thinks McInerney was a member of a street gang when the young man wasn't charged with a gang crime

Latest Headlines

Gay Soldiers shouldnt command troops say's Brazillian General.

A Brazilian general’s comment that gay soldiers should not be allowed to command troops sparked fierce criticism today from gay rights groups and a national lawyers’ organisation that champions human rights


SJP – SATC2 = LGBT

Sarah Jessica Parker has given away her tickets to the Sex and the City 2 premier in a bid to raise money for equal LGBT rights.


Five arrested in Kenya over gay wedding

Kenya police on Friday arrested five suspected homosexuals in a coastal resort town after hundreds of residents protested over a planned gay wedding, a local official said.


Prop 8 to be made into a film

Seeking to overcome a broadcast blackout imposed by the US Supreme Court, a pair of Los Angeles filmmakers have undertaken the task of faithfully recreating the federal trial on California’s same-sex marriage ban for the internet – all 60-plus hours of it; every “um,” “yes, your honour” and “objection!”


Detective testifies in gay student murder trial

  • Send aticle to a friend
  • Send your Comments

A police detective stood by his testimony that a California teenager charged in the shooting death of his gay classmate was influenced by a local street gang and white supremacy beliefs.

Simi Valley Detective Dan Swanson defended his expertise on white supremacy and hate crime when he testified for the prosecution in the trial of Brandon McInerney, 17, who is charged with first-degree murder and hate crime in the killing of 15-year-old Larry King, the Ventura County Star reported Wednesday (http://bit.ly/qMXFzD).

Prosecutors allege McInerney was driven by white supremacist, anti-gay beliefs when he shot King in the head in an Oxnard junior high classroom in 2008.

Defense attorney Scott Wippert questioned why Swanson thinks McInerney was a member of a street gang when the young man wasn't charged with a gang crime.



Swanson said he evaluated every influence in McInerney's life and found that the Silver Strand Locals, which the detective considered to be a gang, and white supremacists were his primary influences.

"Since both of those groups have a history of committing acts of violence, that is the influence I testified that I believe spoke to Brandon," Swanson said.

Wippert questioned Swanson's expertise on white supremacy by noting that he has testified on the subject in only two other cases.

Swanson said he has been studying the topic for more than a decade.
McInerney, who was 14 at the time of the shooting, is being tried as an adult.

Source: AP

 

Back to previous page