ACLU seeks to help teen charged in Idaho killings

COEUR D’ALENE, Idaho — 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.

The Coeur d’Alene Press reported 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.

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

More in Local News

Majority of Marysville City Council seats are contested

The most closely watched race is between Mark James and Donna Wright.

500 tires go up in flames at a store south of Everett

There were no injuries. And it was nowhere near as bad as that months-long tire fire in 1984.

Inclusion super important to Monroe High senior

Sarah Reeves worked to make homecoming more representative of the student population.

A pot deal between teens leaves them injured, facing charges

Police found out about the incident when both ended up at the same hospital that night.

Funds up for council vote would aid conservation district

District stands to receive an extra $1 million each year, if the County Council gives its approval.

Herald photos of the week

A weekly collection of The Herald’s best images by staff photographers and… Continue reading

Lake Stevens man injured by 50-foot fall near Leavenworth

The rescuers had to tie in to keep from falling due to the steep rugged terrain.

Mill Creek hires Gina Hortillosa as public works director

Hortillosa will be responsible for creating strategic infrastructure plans to promote economic growth.

Most Read