Boy Murdered His Neo-Nazi Father, Judge Finds

The local case has drawn media attention because the deceased was a self-titled Neo-Nazi and there were allegations of child abuse during the trial.

After much national media attention, today a Riverside County Superior Court judge found true that a boy committed second-degree murder when he shot and killed his father in their Riverside home in May 2011.

Joseph Hall, now 12, was 10 years old when, on May 1, 2011, he shot his father Jeffrey Hall in the head as he slept on a couch.

After the killing, the Riverside County District Attorney’s Office filed a petition in juvenile court charging the boy with murder. Joseph Hall could not be tried as an adult because of his age.

The trial of Joseph Hall started on Oct. 30, 2012, before Judge Jean P. Leonard. This was a court trial before the judge only and did not involve a jury.

The case has drawn media attention because the deceased was a self-titled Neo-Nazi and there were allegations of child abuse during the trial.

The prosecution argued the crime was

Today in juvenile court, Judge Leonard said there is not a “guilty” or “not guilty,” but instead findings of “true” or “not true.”

The judge found true that Joseph Hall committed second-degree murder and that the juvenile knew what he did was wrong, pursuant to Penal Code section 26. She also found that the boy personally used a firearm during the commission of the crime.

There now will be a dispositional hearing scheduled for Feb. 15, 2013, to determine placement of the boy. With this true finding, he could remain in custody until his 23rd birthday. That hearing will also be held before Judge Leonard at the Hall of Justice in Riverside.

SA January 14, 2013 at 07:37 PM
This kid did America a favor he should be praised…
concerned citizen January 14, 2013 at 09:25 PM
SA, agree with you, but u had better watch what you say. There are some idiots on here, {my stalkers}, who do not think that anyone should die. They would be saying that the Neo Nazi just needed to find God. They like the criminals and think that what the crimianls do is funny.
California Girl January 15, 2013 at 04:51 AM
I feel bad for this little boy, he was abused mentally and physically, CPS went to the house several times, and they knew he was being abused and they did nothing about it!! It is just sad, that someone had to grow up in a home with someone who had so much hate!!! I know murder is murder, but not child should after go through what this boy went through. And if he told the sister that he was going to shot his dad, then why did she not tell someone sooner, in tell now after it happen!!! And parents need to put there guns up some where, where there kids can not get them. I do not feel bad that this guy died because I do not believe in what kind of person he was... I feel bad for this boy I will be praying for him


More »
Got a question? Something on your mind? Talk to your community, directly.
Note Article
Just a short thought to get the word out quickly about anything in your neighborhood.
Share something with your neighbors.What's on your mind?What's on your mind?Make an announcement, speak your mind, or sell somethingPost something
See more »