A boy who was only 10 when he fatally shot his white supremacist father in California was convicted of second-degree murder by a judge who said the child knew what he did was wrong.
Riverside Superior Court Judge Jean Leonard weighed the severity of the crime versus whether the amount of abuse and neglect suffered by the boy, now 12, played a significant role in the slaying of 32-year-old Jeff Hall (pictured), a regional leader of the National Socialist Movement.
Leonard noted the boy lay in bed, waited for the right moment, and shot his dad at point-blank range with the "bad gun" – a .357 Magnum – while he slept on a sofa in the family home.
The boy's stepmother told Los Angeles authorities that Hall had hit, kicked and yelled at his son for getting in the way.
Hall and the boy's biological mother had previously gone through a divorce and custody dispute in which each had accused the other of child abuse. Defence attorney Matthew Hardy said because of the abuse his client learned it was acceptable to kill people who were a threat. A sentencing hearing was set for February 15. The boy could be jailed until he is 23.