Attorneys will Try to Move Idaho Boy’s Murder Case to Juvenile Court
COEUR D’ALENE, Idaho (AP) — The attorney for a boy charged as an adult with killing his father and brother will seek to have the case moved to juvenile court. For that reason, 15-year-old Eldon G. Samuel III didn’t enter a plea at an arraignment in 1st District Court on Monday. The Coeur d’Alene Press reports that Kootenai County Public Defender John Adams also says he’ll challenge Idaho’s abolishment of the insanity defense.
Samuel is charged with first-degree murder and second-degree murder. He faces life in prison if convicted in adult court. In juvenile court he would be committed to a youth detention center until he turns 21.
Samuel is charged as an adult with shooting 46-year-old Eldon Samuel Jr. and shooting and stabbing 13-year-old Jonathan Samuel in Coeur d’Alene in March.