ACLU seeks to help teen charged in Idaho killings

ACLU seeks to help teen charged in Idaho killings

ACLU seeks to help teen charged in Idaho killings

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by Associated Press

KREM.com

Posted on July 20, 2014 at 3:33 PM

COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho (AP) -- The American Civil Liberties Union is challenging a judge's decision to hold a 15-year-old accused of killing his father and brother in the Kootenai County jail with adult inmates.

Media sources report that the Idaho ACLU on Friday filed a brief in support of Public Defender John Adams' petition seeking to return Eldon Samuel to the county's Juvenile Detention Center.

District Judge Benjamin Simpson on July 1 ordered Samuel transferred to the county jail to keep him away from other juveniles. Simpson ordered that Samuel be held in solitary confinement at the adult jail.

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Samuel is charged as an adult with shooting 46-year-old Eldon Samuel Jr. and shooting and stabbing 13-year-old Jonathan Samuel in an emergency housing unit in Coeur d'Alene in March.

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