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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.

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.

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.

4 Idaho teens serving life prison sentences

COEUR d’ALENE — Eldon Gale Samuel III is housed in an individual cell at the Kootenai County Jail. The 14-year-old is accused of the March 24 murders of his father, Eldon G. Samuel, Jr., 46, and his younger brother, Jonathan, 13.

Coeur d’Alene double killing leaves family grieving

Anthony Samuel said the family knew something was wrong with his half brother, Eldon G. Samuel III. But no one suspected it would end with him accused of a grisly double homicide in Coeur d’Alene. Eldon Samuel III, 14, is jailed in Kootenai County on $1 million bond facing charges that he killed his father, Eldon Samuel Jr., and his 13-year-old brother, Jonathan Samuel, on Monday night.

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.

Boy told police he killed his brother as he hid under a bed

A 14-year-old boy accused of murdering 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.