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Defense Wants Judge in CA Gay Murder Trial Removed

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LOS ANGELES – Defense lawyers for a Southern California teen on trial for shooting a gay, middle school classmate are seeking to disqualify the judge in the case again.

Attorneys for Brandon McInerney claimed in a motion last week that Ventura County Superior Court Judge Charles Campbell isn’t being fair. The motion outlined examples of Campbell giving the prosecution leeway in scheduling witnesses, admitting evidence and other procedural matters that were denied to the defense.

The judge has 10 days to respond. Another judge will hear the legal arguments.

The defense had tried unsuccessfully to remove the judge before the trial began.

McInerney is charged as an adult in the shooting of 15-year-old Larry King at the E.O. Green School in Oxnard in February 2008. He has pleaded not guilty.

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