Judge closes hearing for 14-year-old charged in slayings

COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho (AP) - A northern Idaho judge has closed the preliminary hearing for a 14-year-old boy charged with killing his father and younger brother.

The Spokesman-Review reports that 1st District Magistrate Judge Clark A. Peterson made the decision Tuesday.

The attorney for Eldon G. Samuel III asked that the hearing be closed because sensitive information made public could make it difficult for Samuel to receive a fair trial and also affect his chances for rehabilitation.

Samuel is charged with two counts of first-degree murder in the March 24 deaths of his father, Eldon Samuel Jr., 46, and his brother, 13-year-old Jonathan Samuel, inside a home owned by St. Vincent de Paul North Idaho.

No date has been set for the preliminary hearing.


Information from: The Spokesman-Review