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The 12-year-old defendant appeared to listen intently Wednesday as lawyers argued in Riverside County court over whether he knew the difference between right and wrong when he killed his father at age 10.

The defense contended the boy was damaged by a violent home and was seeking to protect himself and his family when he shot 32-year-old Jeff Hall.

The prosecutor said the boy knew what he was doing and should be found guilty of murder. The prosecution also contended the father’s affiliation with a neo-Nazi group should not be considered.

The judge will decide the case Monday.

OKLAHOMA

Former teacher pleads no contest to porn charges

SHAWNEE — A retired college professor pleaded guilty Wednesday and a former third-grade teacher pleaded no contest to child exploitation and pornography charges after prosecutors said the Oklahoma teacher took photos of her students dancing in their underwear and shared them with the man in Pennsylvania.

Kimberly Crain of Shawnee and retired professor of early childhood development Gary Doby of Bloomsburg, Pa., entered pleas in Pottawatomie County District Court. They had been scheduled to go to trial on the charges Monday.

The judge sentenced Doby to life in prison on each of the exploitation counts. Crain faces sentencing March 22; the judge says she faces a minimum of 25 years.

They were ordered to stand trial in May on multiple counts of sexual exploitation of a child younger than 12 as well as conspiracy to commit sexual exploitation and lewd molestation. Crain was also charged with multiple counts of possession of juvenile pornography.

At a preliminary hearing, nine students ages 9 to 11 testified that Crain took photos of them in her classroom in McLoud and during a pizza party at her home in nearby Shawnee while they were wearing tank tops and underwear. Prosecutors said Crain then shared the images with Doby. McLoud is 30 miles east of Oklahoma City.

KENTUCKY

Coroner: 5 dead in rural house fire

PIKEVILLE — An early-morning blaze at a home in rural eastern Kentucky killed four children and their father Wednesday, and investigators were still waiting for the wreckage to cool before entering the scene.

The fire at the small home in southern Pike County began around 2:30 a.m., Trooper Tony Watts said. The child’s mother was taken to the University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington with injuries.

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