Coeur d'Alene teenage murder suspect claims father was abusive



Posted on March 26, 2014 at 10:13 PM

Updated Wednesday, Mar 26 at 10:20 PM

COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho--KREM 2 News continues to learn more about the Coeur d’Alene man who was allegedly murdered by his teenage son. Investigators said the boy claimed his father was abusive.

Eldon Samuel III admitted to detectives that he killed 46-year-old Eldon Samuel Junior and his 13-year-old brother Jonathan. The murder suspect is being charged as an adult.

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The murder happened Monday night at a home near First Street and Spokane Avenue.

Court documents showed the teenager shot his father in the chest and head after an argument and then shot his 13-year-old brother. The documents added his brother was hiding under a bed.

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KREM 2 News was told the family moved to Coeur d’Alene from California in 2013.

Court documents showed the murder suspect told investigators that his dad was on medication and talking about zombies on Monday night. Documents added the boy claimed his father went outside and fired a pistol before the two got into an argument. The father then placed the pistol under a sofa, which his son later retrieved and used to kill him, according to documents.

According to a police report, detectives did find some kind of medication in the home. The report did not specify what kind.

The director of St. Vincent de Paul of North Idaho said the family moved to Coeur d’Alene from California in order to be closer to the grandfather, Eldon Samuel Senior.

Court documents showed that the boy’s mother lived in Modesto, California. KREM 2 News is told the father did pass a background check before being allowed to live inside the home.

A search of court records in California showed that the father does have a minor criminal history, including at least on restraining order.

Records also showed other accusations of unlawful detainment and domestic violence. Some of those cases were either dismissed or resolved in court.

KREM 2 News spoke to neighbors and the director of St. Vincent de Paul. They both said the father was fairly standoffish and kept to himself for the most part.