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Witness Denies Accused Teen Killer Was in a Gang

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LOS ANGELES – Lawyers for a 17-year-old boy charged with killing his gay classmate in their Southern California school tried to dispute prosecutors’ claims that he belonged to a street gang.

The Ventura County Star reports a witness testified last week that residents of an Oxnard community call themselves Silver Strand Locals, or SSL, but that doesn’t mean they’re a gang.

Prosecutors contend that Brandon McInerney, who is being tried as an adult for the 2008 shooting death of Larry King, was a member of the SSL gang and was influenced by some of its members who are white supremacists.

Longtime resident David Wentworth testified said there was no white supremacist group in Silver Strand.

King was shot in the head at E.O. Green School in Oxnard.

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