A north Idaho teenager accused of killing his father and brother is no longer being held in solitary confinement at an adult county jail.
A judge approved an agreement Tuesday allowing fifteen-year-old Eldon Samuel to be moved back to juvenile detention, overriding a previous judge’s decision.
Eldon Samuel’s return to a juvenile lock-up is a victory for his attorney and the ACLU of Idaho. They argued Samuel’s confinement in a Kootenai County Jail medical holding cell violated his constitutional rights. Even jail staff acknowledged it was not ideal. But in early July a judge said he wasn’t willing to risk having Samuel around other youth given the violent nature of his alleged crimes.
Now, another judge has approved an agreement between all the parties involved that allows Samuel to return to the juvenile facility to await trial. He will have access there to school and physical education as well as some contact with other juveniles.
Samuel is accused of using a handgun, shotgun and large knife to murder his father and brother last March. The family had just moved to Coeur d’Alene from California.
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