14-year-old murder suspect housed at Kootenai Co. Jail




Posted on April 1, 2014 at 5:00 PM

Updated Tuesday, Apr 1 at 6:20 PM

KOOTENAI COUNTY, Idaho— A recent murder has staff at the Kootenai County Jail faced with a unique situation. They are trying to sort out how to properly house a suspected teenaged killer.

Eldon Samuel III admitted to killing his brother and father in March according to court documents. Police said the teenager used a pistol, a shotgun, knife, and machete to kill his family inside their Coeur d'Alene.

The 14-year-old is being charged as an adult and being held at the Kootenai County Jail. Samuel has been locked up in an individual cell in the booking area. He cannot be around other inmates according to staff. Samuel can only be in the common TV area when other inmates are not around.

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Managers at the jail told KREM 2 News that there is not a separate area for holding juveniles. They added that the jail already deals with overcrowding.

Samuel has had few visitors since his arrest. KREM 2 News submitted public records request to find out who visited the admitted killer.

A local attorney has been selected as a court-appointed guardian to act in Samuel’s best interest.

Samuel’s mother lives in California. Court documents stated she had not seen her son in two years. She pleaded “no contest” to child cruelty charges in 2011 according to California court records.

Samuel’s grandfather lives in Coeur d’Alene. However, KREM 2 News has not been able to contact him.