Stepmom in Calif. neo-Nazi case pleads not guilty

July 13, 2011 - 6:59 PM

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) — The stepmother of a 10-year-old California boy charged with murdering his white supremacist father has pleaded not guilty to child endangerment.

Krista McCary also pleaded not guilty Wednesday in Superior Court to four charges of criminal storage of a gun. She was charged after her neo-Nazi husband Jeff Hall was shot to death in their home on May 1.

Authorities say the eldest of Hall's five children took his parents' gun off a shelf and shot his father in the ear while he was sleeping.

Hall was a regional leader of the National Socialist Movement who led rallies at a day labor site and synagogue.

McCary's public defender, Judith Gweon, did not immediately respond to a message seeking comment.