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Background no excuse for shooting classmate, prosecutor says

Aug 26, 2011 12:29:04 AM- latimes.com
The prosecutor in the trial of Brandon McInerney tells jurors it's natural to feel sympathy because of his dysfunctional upbringing, but that his shooting of gay classmate Larry King in 2008 is first-degree murder.

It's natural to feel sympathy for youthful murder defendant Brandon McInerney, who grew up in a home so violent and dysfunctional that he wasn't even allowed to cry after his father punched him in the face. But the law does not allow for sympathy, prosecutor Maeve Fox told jurors Thursday during closing arguments in the teenager's much-watched trial.

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