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Teen accused of murder in court

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COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho -

The case of Eldon Samuel III inches closer toward a March 2nd Trial while attorneys argue last minute motions before a jury is pooled. Over the last two days, counsel has presented a combination of five motions to a judge. None of which have received an answer, but are being considered under advisement.

Of those five motions, one that took an entire day to present was filed by Samuel's defense attorney to suppress evidence. Defense was looking to throw out an interview between Samuel and police in which Samuel allegedly waived his Miranda Rights before admitting to killing his father and brother. The defense argues that when Samuel waived his rights he wasn't aware of the consequences that followed and they weren't explained by police.

"This is a young man who was crying during his interview," says John Adams, Samuel's public defender. "He was crying for his mother and wondering if he had to go to school the next day."

Other motions included adding evidence that shed light on a violent relationship between Samuel and his brother. A witness with the Coeur d'Alene Police Department said in an interview with Samuel's grandfather Samuel was described as being jealous of his younger brother and would often hit him.

The court also heard arguments on a insanity defense, a change of venue, seeking an enhanced punishment and moving the trial to Juvenile Court. It's unclear when a judge will make a decision on these motions. The defense is hoping to meet in court again next week to discuss moving the trial back to November.

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