Boy Who Killed Neo-Nazi Dad Facing 12 Years: Does Joseph Hall Understand Right From Wrong?

By iScienceTimes Staff Reporter on January 8, 2013 9:32 AM EST

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The NSM rally on the West lawn of the US Capitol, Washington DC, 2008 (Photo: Creative Commons)

The boy who killed his neo-Nazi dad is facing 12 years in a juvenile facility, and as the trial is drawing to a close, questions of whether Joseph Hall will testify on his own behalf are beginning to circulate. Matthew Hardy, defense attorney for the boy who killed his neo-Nazi dad, said he would confer with Hall before deciding whether to call him to the stand.

The boy who killed his neo-Nazi dad admits to shooting his father, but his defense attorney argues that his client, 10-years-old at the time of the shooting, should not be held criminally responsible. The trial has drawn a great deal of attention due to Hall's father's neo-Nazi ties.

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The outcome of the case, which is being heard by a judge, not a jury, hinges on whether the boy who killed his neo-Nazi dad truly understands the different between right and wrong. If convicted, he will sent to a juvenile facility until he is 23.

Clinical psychologist Anna Salter, a witness for the prosecution, told the court that Hall fully understood what he did.

"He did know he was wrong (to shoot his father), he said it in many ways, including that night," Salter said, according to Yahoo! News.

Salter also said that Hall has a borderline -low IQ, suffers from a conduct disorder and said the boy who killed his neo-Nazi dad has aggression problems, but is fully capable of controlling himself. A psychologist for the defense, said the boy was conditioned towards violence after years of physical, emotional and sexual abuse.

Prosecutors said the boy who killed his neo-Nazi dad did so over fears of divorce.

"I feel the fear of abandonment was a very important trigger," Salter said. "This was the first stable home he had, it would be a huge loss for him."

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