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Brother Of Brandon McInerney, Murder Suspect, Claims Nazi Books And Iron Cross Were His

08/11/11 12:39 AM ET   AP

20111152 Medal Iron Cross First Class
An Iron Cross medal, not the same one found inside murder suspect Brandon McInerney's bedroom after the teen was accused of shooting and killing a gay classmate at his junior high school.

LOS ANGELES — A police detective insists a California teenager charged in the shooting death of his gay classmate was influenced by a local street gang and white supremacy beliefs.

The Ventura County Star reports ( ) Simi Valley Detective Dan Swanson's testimony on Wednesday comes on the 25th day of trial for 17-year-old Brandon McInerney. http://bit.ly/qMXFzD

Prosecutors allege he was driven by white supremacist, anti-gay beliefs when he shot 15-year-old Larry King in 2008.

McInerney is being tried as an adult on first-degree murder and hate crime charges.

A defense attorney questioned why Swanson thinks McInerney was a gang member when he is not charged with a gang crime. Swanson replied that because the gang and white supremacists have a history of committing violence, he believed those were the influences that spoke to McInerney.

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