RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) — A California judge will announce a verdict Monday in the case of a 12-year-old boy who was charged with murdering his white supremacist father as he slept.
Riverside Superior Court Judge Jean Leonard is hearing the case without a jury.
Prosecutors argued the boy, then 10, knew what he was doing when he shot 32-year-old Jeff Hall — a regional leader of the National Socialist Movement — and the slaying was premeditated.
Defense attorney Matthew Hardy said his client grew up in an abusive and violent environment. Hardy contended the boy thought if he shot his dad, the violence would end.
The boy, who is not being identified by The Associated Press because of his age, did not testify at trial.