Santa ana, California : The blond boy was 10 when he put a gun to the head of his sleeping neo-Nazi father and pulled the trigger.
It was over in an instant for Jeff Hall, but sorting out the fate of his troubled son has been a 2½-year journey
that approaches its final stage Friday in a hearing to determine where he'll spend his teens and, possibly, his early adult years.
The judge hearing the case must decide not how to punish a child for second-degree murder, but how to rehabilitate someone who grew up in an abusive home, attacked his school teachers and was indoctrinated in the beliefs of white supremacy.
Attorneys have sparred for months over what is best for the boy.