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Defense Seeks Review of Judge’s Refusal to Recuse

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VENTURA, Calif. – Lawyers for a Ventura County teenager say a judge should recuse himself from their client’s retrial on charges of killing a gay classmate.

Brandon McInerney’s attorneys argued that Judge Charles Campbell was biased against them and they could not get a fair trial in his courtroom.

They asked Campbell to recuse himself from a second trial after McInerney’s first trial in September ended in a hung jury.

Campbell denied the motion, citing insufficient legal arguments.

The Ventura County Star reports that McInerney’s lawyers filed a writ with the Court of Appeals on Friday to review Campbell’s decision.

A mistrial was declared after jurors couldn’t reach a unanimous decision on the degree of McInerney’s guilt for killing 15-year-old Larry King.

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