Boy guilty of Nazi dad's murder
A California boy, now 12, was convicted of second-degree murder yesterday for shooting dead his neo-Nazi father, following a juvenile trial that centered on allegations of abuse and the young defendant's grasp of right and wrong.
The verdict by Superior Court Judge Jean Leonard means Joseph Hall, who was 10 when he shot his father to death at point-blank range in May of 2011, could be sentenced to a juvenile facility until he is 23. He faces a hearing on February 15 to determine where he will be placed.
Jeffrey Hall, 32, was a regional director of the National Socialist Movement, a white separatist group. The case in Riverside, about 100km east of Los Angeles, has made headlines because of his neo-Nazi ties and the rarity of a parent being killed by a child so young.
Leonard said she weighed evidence that the boy had suffered a lifetime of abuse. "He was abused and neglected from the womb," she said. "The NSM taught him things a minor should not know about."
She said at the time of the shooting Joseph Hall understood that what he was doing was wrong.