Boy charged with killing father said he was influenced by TV show

RIVERSIDE, Calif. — A 10-year-old boy told police he figured that if he killed his neo-Nazi father, he might not get in trouble because that was what happened on a television program he had watched.

‘‘A bad father did something to his kids and the kid did the exact same thing I did — he shot him,’’ the boy said in a videotaped interview with detectives, the Riverside Press-Enterprise said. ‘‘He told the truth and wasn’t arrested. . . . I thought maybe the exact same thing would happen to me,’’ he said of the episode of ‘‘Criminal Minds.’’ Prosecutors played the video Wednesday during the boy’s murder trial. The defense says his stepmother manipulated him.

Associated Press