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Jury convicts Coeur d’Alene teen of murdering brother, father

A jury on Friday began deliberating whether to find 16-year-old Eldon Gale Samuel III guilty of murdering his younger brother and father in Coeur d’Alene almost two years ago. Samuel is charged with first-degree murder for killing 13-year-old Jonathan Samuel and second-degree murder for killing Eldon Samuel Jr., 46.

Jury to decide what type of killer Eldon Samuel is

A jury is about to decide what kind of killer Eldon Gale Samuel III was the night he shot his father and then attacked his younger brother with guns, a knife and a machete in their tiny house in Coeur d’Alene.

Eldon Samuel trained to kill zombies, mother testifies in trial

The father of Coeur d’Alene teenager Eldon Samuel III showed the boy how to use weapons from a young age and also trained him to prepare for a “zombie apocalypse,” Samuel’s mother said in court Wednesday. Samuel’s public defender asked Tina Samuel to explain what her husband trained her son to do to zombies.

Zombie paranoia, abuse fueled Coeur d’Alene slayings, lawyer says

The parents of Eldon Gale Samuel III were abusive drug addicts constantly on the move in California, leaving their son to care for his autistic brother 11 months his junior. The father, Eldon Samuel Jr., believed zombies were real and one day would come after them, and he instilled that paranoid fantasy in his boys.

Prosecution of juvenile charged with murder will remain in adult court

The prosecution of a Coeur d’Alene juvenile charged with murdering two family members will remain in adult court, a Kootenai County judge said Thursday. First District Judge Benjamin Simpson denied a motion by Kootenai County Public Defender John Adams to send the case to juvenile court and declare as unconstitutional the Idaho law that automatically sends juveniles 14 and older to adult court when charged with certain crimes.

Delay sought in Coeur d’Alene juvenile’s murder trial

The lawyer for a Coeur d’Alene juvenile accused of murdering two family members asked a judge Wednesday for a delay in the trial, which is scheduled to start March 2. Kootenai County Public Defender John Adams told 1st District Judge Benjamin Simpson that his team still is trying to obtain copies of records from California, where Eldon Samuel III lived before moving with his father and brother to North Idaho in 2013.

Judge releases transcript after challenge from KHQ

A Kootenai County magistrate judge released the transcript of the preliminary hearing for a 15-year-old boy charged with two counts of murder after Spokane television station KHQ challenged the judge’s decision to bar the public and media from the hearing and withhold the written account of the proceedings. Magistrate Clark A. Peterson last April closed the hearing for Eldon Samuel III after the boy’s public defender argued that sensitive information disclosed at the hearing could prejudice his right to a fair trial and affect his chances for rehabilitation. Peterson said hearings for juveniles don’t share the same legal expectation for openness as hearings for adults. Samuel was 14 when he was arrested and charged with killing his father and younger brother last March in Coeur d’Alene.

Hearings set in CdA boy’s murder trial

As a 15-year-old boy in Coeur d’Alene prepares to stand trial for murder in the deaths of his father and brother last March, a judge will decide whether a jury will hear evidence of a hostile relationship between the brothers, and if the boy’s alleged confession to police should be tossed out. Idaho 1st District Judge Benjamin Simpson also will rule on a motion challenging the state’s automatic transfer of the case to adult court, and another seeking a change of venue because news coverage might prejudice Kootenai County jurors.

CdA teen’s lawyer wants confession of killings tossed

The attorney defending a Coeur d’Alene teenager accused of killing his father and brother has asked a judge to suppress all statements the boy made to police after his arrest, including his alleged confession. The request to throw out the confession is among several recent motions Kootenai County Public Defender John Adams has filed questioning state law and the handling of the case by police and prosecutors.

In brief: Coeur d’Alene Casino drops Ted Nugent show over complaints of racism

The Coeur d’Alene Casino dumped rock musician Ted Nugent from its summer schedule Monday, saying his “racist attitudes and views” have no place there. “We know what it’s like to be the target of hateful messages and we would never want to perpetuate hate in any way,” said Chief Allan, chairman of the Coeur d’Alene Tribe.

Transcript of hearing for CdA teen unsealed

An Idaho District Court judge has unsealed the transcript of a hearing for a 14-year-old accused of killing his father and brother, saying open court proceedings are the bedrock of the American justice system. Monday’s decision by Judge Richard Christensen will allow eventual public access to the evidence portion of the preliminary hearing for Eldon Gale Samuel III, who is charged with first-degree murder in the death of Jonathan Samuel, 13, and second-degree murder in the death of Eldon Samuel Jr., 46. The shootings occurred March 24 in an emergency housing unit in Coeur d’Alene owned by St. Vincent de Paul.

Judge in family deaths case says suspect, 14, cited brother’s autism

Eldon Gale Samuel III blamed his family’s troubles on his younger brother’s autism, saying the stress of having a disabled child was responsible for his dad’s addiction to painkillers and his mother’s decision to leave the family, according to information disclosed Friday in court. “Eldon, when asked why he did what he did, said ‘If he wasn’t there … we’d be a happy family,’ ” said Magistrate Judge Barry Watson.

Police: Boy, 14, says he planned double killing

A 14-year-old boy accused of killing his father and younger brother Monday night in Coeur d’Alene showed no remorse in an interview with investigators and told them he had contemplated and prepared for the brutal killings for months. Eldon G. Samuel III is charged with two counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of his father, Eldon Samuel Jr., 46, and his brother, Jonathan Samuel, 13, inside an emergency housing unit owned by St. Vincent de Paul North Idaho.