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Teen charged in family killing sent to adult jail

Published On: Jul 03 2014 09:34:41 AM CDT
Murder suspect Eldon Samuel
COEUR D'ALENE -

An Idaho judge says he can't in good conscience continue to allow a 14-year-old boy who is charged with killing his father and brother to be held in a juvenile detention facility.

The Spokesman-Review reports District Judge Benjamin Simpson on Wednesday ordered Eldon Gale Samuel III to be returned to the Kootenai County jail.

Samuel is charged as an adult with killing 46-year-old Eldon Samuel Jr. and 13-year-old Jonathan Samuel in an emergency housing unit in Coeur d'Alene in March. He was held in jail for two months and then transferred to the juvenile facility.

Jail and juvenile detention officials said they would prefer Samuel be held in juvenile detention and prosecutors didn't object, but Judge Simpson said there was a "small risk but a very grave danger" of keeping Samuel with the other boys.

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