10-year-old boy on trial for murder says he thought he would never be punished
Neo-Nazi Jeffrey Hall was shot and killed in his home, with his own gun, by his 10-year-old son. He’s told investigators that he never thought he’d be punished for the crime, having seen a similar one on the hit TV drama “Criminal Minds,” it has emerged.His 11-year-old sister initially told prosecutors that the boy killed his father at his step-mother’s indications, but she’s recanting that previous statement, saying the boy had planned the murder for 4 days, the Los Angeles Times reports.
The boy, on the other hand, is saying that he did not imagine he’d be punished, because of an episode of “Criminal Minds” he saw, in which a son killed his abusive father and walked without being charged with anything.
The boy is now on trial for murder and, if found guilty, could remain locked up until he turns 23.
The prosecutors are arguing that he knew that what he was doing was wrong, while his defense team is trying to link his act to a troubled upbringing in an inappropriate household, and years of abuse.