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Judge to decide Boy’s Fate in Killing of his Father

A Superior Court judge in Riverside County California will decide the fate of a boy, 12, who is charged with killing his father, a neo-Nazi

A Superior Court judge in Riverside County California will decide the fate of a boy, 12, who is charged with killing his father, a neo-Nazi

January 10, 2013 – A Superior Court judge in Riverside County California will decide the fate of a boy, 12, who is charged with killing his father, a neo-Nazi. The judge must decide if the boy knew the killing was wrong and what the court should do with the 12 year old.

On Wednesday, during closing arguments, contrasting images of Jeffrey Hall’s son were presented to the court. The boy pointed a gun at his father’s head and pulled the trigger in May of 2011 One photo captured Hall with his family enjoying the beach, while another showed Hall’s son with a toy gun and performing the Nazi salute, next to his dad and another man who was a member of the KKK.

The boy’s attorney, a public defender, told the court that hate was cooking inside the boy throughout the time he was beaten by his father and when his father threatened to burn down the Riverside home of the family with his children and their mother inside.

Matthew Hardy, the public defender, said the boy believed he was doing what was justified. The boy felt in order to protect his family he had to kill his dad. Hardy said the boy never really had a chance as he was practically genetically programmed to committing violence.

However, the DA’s office urged the presiding judge to not allow the boy to get into the juvenile justice system to avoid responsibility for being a murderer.

Hall had been sleeping on his couch posing no danger to anyone and most likely drunk when shot, said prosecutors. The boy told his little sister about his plans the day prior to the shooting said prosecutors.

If the decision of the judge favors the defense, the boy would most likely go into foster care after being released. If the boy is found responsible, he could go to a state prison for juveniles or a special treatment center.

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