Idaho 14-year-old shoots dad in ‘brain,’ hacks brother with machete after ‘zombie’ talk

By David Edwards
Wednesday, March 26, 2014 16:05 EDT
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Eldon Samuel III accused of murder
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A 14-year-old Idaho boy has reportedly confessed to shooting his father and brother to death following a discussion about zombies.

According to the Coeur d’Alene Press, Eldon Samuel III was charged with first degree murder for allegedly killing his father, 46-year-old Eldon G. Samuel, Jr., and his brother, 13-year-old Jonathan Samuel.

A police report said that the teen was taken into custody on Monday after reporting the murder to authorities at the Coeur d’Alene Police Department himself.

Eldon reportedly told officers that his father “often beats him” and had been taking medication and “talking about zombies” on Monday evening. The boy said that the father fired a gun outside the home, and then returned inside the house, where the two began fighting.

After being pushed by his father, Eldon said that he shot his father in the stomach with a .45-caliber pistol that was hidden under the couch.

The suspect said that he also shot his father in the cheek twice and in the “brain.” But the father wasn’t dead, and tried to crawl into a room where the brother was hiding.

When the brother refused to come out of the room, the 14-year-old said he shot him four times with a shotgun. He then picked up a “large knife” and stabbed his brother “numerous times.” After the brother appeared to still be alive, the suspect hacked him with a machete about 30 times, the police report said.

Eldon also told investigators that he enjoyed playing the video game “Grand Theft Auto V.” And he always selected to play the role of the “Trevor” character, who “has anger issues and often shoots other characters in the game.”

Detectives stated that the suspect showed no remorse after the killings.

Eldon Samuel III was charged as an adult, and bond was set at $1 million.

The family was living in a home that part of emergency shelter services offered by St. Vincent de Paul.

“This incident is the first of its kind in our 68-year history,” St. Vincent de Paul North Idaho Executive Director Jeff Conroy said in a press release. “We are surprised to learn of the weapons that were used in this crime, as they are prohibited in all our programs.”

Watch the video below from KTVB, broadcast March 26, 2014.

David Edwards
David Edwards
David Edwards has served as an editor at Raw Story since 2006. His work can also be found at Crooks & Liars, and he's also been published at The BRAD BLOG. He came to Raw Story after working as a network manager for the state of North Carolina and as as engineer developing enterprise resource planning software. Follow him on Twitter at @DavidEdwards.
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