Closing Arguments in Trial of Boy Who Killed Neo-Nazi Father

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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.

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  • maria

    It is wrong to kill.. but in this case this lil boy was afreid of his father i think he did the right thing that man wasnt a good human person he got what he deserve

    • Theresa

      I believe you are right. Many a nights i aid in bed thinking of a way to kill my very abusive father. But I was too terrified what would happen if he lived. My heart goes out to that child tha
      t we as a society failed.

  • Francine

    I grew up in a similarly abusive environment. Was suicidal at age 6, flew into rages and it's a miracle that I didn't turn out homicidal. My heart goes out to every abused child.

  • Jrz Wrld

    He was abused by a horrific father and says he killed him because his father was looking to leave the only mother that child ever knew. I think one can safely chalk that killing up to self-defense. That little boy knew that if his stepmother was out of the picture, he would have no one to defend him from his father. She actually tried to take the blame for the shooting at first – can you imagine how terrified that child must have been by the prospect of losing her? If he's convicted of ANYTHING, well, I will totally lose my faith in our justice system. Jeffrey Hall reaped exactly what he sowed.

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      Regardless of what happens, I have no faith in the justice system anyway. It's a joke. It's a business that is there to generate revenue.

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  • Anna

    :( Sweet child. . . Thank you for doing the world a favor!!! I'm sorry your childhood was the cost!! I hope you get the care and help you need and deserve as a result!!