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Police cite TV show violence to explain rights to Coeur d'Alene boy accused of murdering family

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Police turned away a defense attorney and referenced television show violence during their midnight interrogation of a 14-year-old boy authorities say confessed to killing his father and brother. Police turned away a defense attorney and referenced television show violence during their midnight interrogation of a 14-year-old boy authorities say confessed to killing his father and brother.
COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho -

Police turned away a defense attorney and referenced television show violence during their midnight interrogation of a 14-year-old boy authorities say confessed to killing his father and brother.

The Coeur d'Alene Press obtained court documents involving 1st District Court Judge Benjamin Simpson's ruling last week denying a defense motion to suppress statements made by defendant Eldon Gale Samuel III, now 15.

Court documents say a police detective explained Miranda rights to the boy by referencing police television shows where suspects are slammed against cars, but said that's not what was happening at the police station.

Kootenai County Public Defender John Adams says he went to the police station the night of the killings last March but believed he was threatened with arrest.

Samuel is charged as an adult with shooting 46-year-old Eldon Samuel Jr. and shooting and stabbing 13-year-old Jonathan Samuel.

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