Juvenile Justice

Boy Accused of Killing His Neo-Nazi Dad Expected No Arrest Because of TV Plot

A 10-year-old boy accused of killing his Neo-Nazi father told police he thought he might not be arrested because of a plot of the TV show Criminal Minds.

Prosecutors played video of the interview on Wednesday in the juvenile trial of the boy, now 12, accused of shooting neo-Nazi leader Jeff Hall as he slept on the couch, report the Associated Press and the Riverside Press-Enterprise.

The boy explained the plot this way: “A bad father did something to his kids and the kid did the exact thing I did—he shot him,” the boy said. “He told the truth and wasn’t arrested and the cops believed him. He wasn’t in trouble or anything. I thought maybe the exact same thing would happen to me.”

The boy said he shot his father because of abuse and to make sure he lived with his stepmother if the couple divorced. He also said he thought his father would recover and they could be friends when he got out of the hospital.

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