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A 15 year old Boy Scout wrote a s nike air max thea uicide note and cut the whiskers off a cat to see if an old tale that it would walk in circles was true.

Betournay told investigators he once considered killing his entire family. He also indicated the girls were still alive when he left the family home in nearby College Place.

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A 15 year old Boy Scout wrote a suicide note and cut the whiskers off a cat to see if an old tale that it would walk in circles was true.

Betournay told investigators he once considered killing his entire family. He also indicated the girls were still alive when he left the family home in nearby College Place.

Laying out the most detailed description to date of the Dec. 14 deaths, Walla Walla Prosecutor Joseph Golden Tuesday set out to prove the killings were both heinous and calculated, and Betournay should be tried as an adult for first degree murder.

Betournay attorneys alluding to the cutting of the cat whiskers, other erratic behavior and their client poor academic performance tried to show he lacked the sophistication required by law to be tried in adult court.

Testimony is scheduled to resume today before visiting Superior Court Judge Philip Raekes of the Tri Cities, who will also consider whether Betournay is competent to stand trial.

Whatever the ruling, Tuesday hearing provided little clue to why Betournay would kill the two girls.

During four hours of testimony, Golden painted a portrait of both a distraught, suicidal loner and an incongruous act of terror apparently scripted down to the door knobs wrapped in electric tape.

That way, Betournay told investigators in a confession, his victims hands would slip if they tried to escape.

On the surface, said Julie Elmenhurst, an intake probation officer who interviewed school officials and family members, Betournay was a caring son and unobtrusive, albeit lackluster, student.

His adoptive parents, Jim and Judy Betournay, Daniel as a very loving and caring person. From what they saw, they never expected anything like this. Boy Scout, he was a mentor to a Cub Scouts den, his parents said. They felt he had a learning disability that warranted placing him in a special education program, but school officials thought otherwise.

In his 1993 California test of basic skills, he scored as low as the secondgrade level in language skills and as high as the sixth grade level in social studies and reading and vocabulary comprehension.

Moreover, something about him struck school officials as not quite right.

one word that kept coming up in talking about Daniel was weird, said Elmenhurst. He was bullied and teased, prompting his parents to move him to a differen nike air max thea t school. He had few friends.