12 Year Old Guilty Of Murder, A California judge has found a 12-year-old guilty of murder. Monday’s verdict ruled the boy was responsible for the second-degree murder of his white supremacist father, Jeff Hall, when the defendant was just 10.
Prosecutors had argued at trial that the now 12-year-old boy knew what he was doing when he shot 32-year-old Hall – a regional leader of the National Socialist Movement – and the slaying was premeditated.
Defense attorney Matthew Hardy countered that his client grew up in an abusive and violent environment and learned it was acceptable to kill people who were a threat. Hardy contended the boy thought if he shot his dad, the violence would end.
The boy did not testify at the trial.
Riverside Superior Court Judge Jean Leonard heard the case without a jury.
Leonard said in the ruling that the killing was planned by the boy but noted the amount of abuse he suffered at the hands of his father had an effect on his life.
“This was not a complex killing,” Leonard said. “He thought about the idea and shot his father.”