RIVERSIDE, Calif. (KTLA) — Closing arguments began Wednesday for a 12-year-old Riverside boy who shot and killed his neo-Nazi father.
Investigators say Jeffrey Hall beat and berated the boy, who was 10 at the time of the killing in 2011.
On Tuesday, (Jan. 8) the boy decided not to take the stand in his defense, and he did not speak in court on Wednesday as closing arguments got underway.
Now Riverside County Superior Court Judge Jean P. Leonard must decide if the boy knew it was wrong to shoot his father as he slept on the living room couch.
In a previously taped police interview, the boy told investigators that he planned the killing before he put a .357 Magnum to his father’s ear as he slept, and pulled the trigger.
Judge Leonard has said she expects to release her decision on Monday (Jan. 14).
His father was the regional director of a neo-Nazi organization called the National Socialist Movement. There had been neo-Nazi gatherings at the family’s home.
Evidence in court showed the abusive environment in which the boy was raised, including violent behavior by the father.
Social workers had gone to the Hall household more than 20 times, and at the time of the shooting the boy was a dependent of the court. This was an effort designed in part to shield him from further abuse.
During the trial, psychiatrists testified that the boy’s mother took heroin, LSD, and other drugs when she was pregnant with her son.
The boy was charged as a minor in the shooting. If he is found guilty, he could remain in juvenile custody until he is 23 years old.