Motive a mystery in case of 10-year-old accused of killing neo-Nazi father [Video]
A 10-year-old Riverside boy charged with fatally shooting his father, a local neo-Nazi leader, is scheduled to appear before a Riverside County Juvenile Court judge Wednesday morning for a detention hearing as questions remain about the motive for the crime.
Investigators said the boy apparently retrieved a family handgun and shot his father, Jeffrey R. Hall, about 4 a.m. Sunday on a living room couch. Police declined to say whether Hall was asleep at the time.
"We believe it was an intentional act," Riverside police Lt. Ed Blevins said, "and we believe the 10-year-old was responsible."
Detectives "received some statements" about a possible motive, Blevins said, but declined to elaborate because the attack is still under investigation.
There were no reports of an argument or other incident preceding the shooting, and police have never responded to any domestic disturbance calls at the Hall residence, Blevins said.
"Motive is the big question," he added.
Little is known about the boy. But in court papers involved in a custody fight over him, Hall said the 10-year-old "was removed from several schools for his wild and sometimes violent actions."
-- Phil Willon in Riverside