(Scroll down for video) A 10-year-old boy in California was charged with killing his neo-Nazi father, according to court proceedings.
The son of a neo-Nazi ring leader told his younger sister that he planned to shoot his father and then a day later took a gun from his parents' room and fired a bullet into the head of his father as he slept on a couch, a prosecutor alleged Tuesday.
The boy's father, Jeff Hall, was a plumber with no work and the regional leader of the National Socialist Movement, who led rallies at synagogues and at day labor sites.
In opening statements in the murder trial, Riverside County prosecutor Michael Soccio dismissed the idea that the neo-Nazi beliefs of Hall contributed to his child's behavior, as the defense maintains, and instead said the boy, now 12 years, was a violent child who had been expelled from every school he attended.
The child also suspected that his father was going to leave his stepmother, and did not want the family to be separated, prosecutors have said.
"You'll learn that the child would have shot his father, even if he had been a member of the Peace and Freedom Party. It made no difference," Soccio said, before showing photos of the father playing with his young children. "They lived a relatively normal life," the prosecutor said.
Hall taught his son to shoot guns, led him to neo-Nazi demonstrations and once to the border with Mexico to teach him to "make sure you know what to do to protect this place from Mexicans," the defense attorney said.
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