RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) — A judge has heard closing arguments in the trial of a Southern California boy accused of murdering his neo-Nazi father.
The 12-year-old defendant appeared to listen intently Wednesday as lawyers argued in Riverside County court over whether he knew the difference between right and wrong when he killed his father at age 10.
The defense contended the boy was damaged by a violent home and was seeking to protect himself and his family when he shot 32-year-old Jeff Hall.
The prosecutor said the boy knew what he was doing and should be found guilty of murder. The prosecution also contended the father's affiliation with a neo-Nazi group should not be considered.
The judge will decide the case Monday.
The Associated Press is not identifying the boy because of his age.