Eldon Samuel III is a 16-year-old boy on trial for killing his father and brother in Idaho.
Eldon Samuel III grew up in a broken home. His father, Eldon Samuel Jr., was a pill-popping addict obsessed with the possibility of a zombie apocalypse. His mother, Tina Samuel, was also an addict, though she was estranged and no longer a part of his life. Johnathan Samuel was his younger autistic brother.
During recent testimony by Samuel III’s mother, it was discovered that Samuel Jr. was training his children to survive the zombie apocalypse in some devastating ways.
“He was trained to be ready when the zombies came,” Tina Samuel said on the stand according to the Coeur d’Alene Press.
Tina said Samuel III’s father was training his kids to find and kill zombies. He taught the boys how to use knives and guns to kill.
“Shoot them in the head or chop off their head,” she said. “That’s the only way to kill a zombie.”
Tina was married to Eldon Samuel Jr. for 14 years. On the stand she described what it was like before they split up.
She claimed that Samuel Jr. had her brainwashed as he abused her and her sons. She described numerous times when they would go out into the mountains to find secluded areas where they could shoot off various kinds of guns and cut off the heads of rattlesnakes together. She indicated that they were looking for a spot among the mountains where the zombies wouldn’t be able to get them when the apocalypse started.
Tina also claimed that she attempted to leave Eldon Samuel Jr. many times. The only reason she wound up back with him was in order to return to her sons.
She eventually added that if she had been there for the boys, the horrible murder might not have happened.
Samuel III’s defense attorney, John Adams, is using the zombie apocalypse training as part of the argument for his client. He claims that Samuel III did kill both his father and his brother, but that he was not in the right state of mind to be held accountable for his actions.
A little over a week ago, the jury saw graphic images of the murders.
Eldon Samuel III was 14-years-old when the murders were committed. He shot his father in the stomach with a shotgun, then followed him as the man dragged himself into a small bedroom in the back of the house. Samuel III used the same gun to shoot his father in the head three more times. His defense attorney suggests that he did so to prevent his father from coming back as a zombie.
Johnathan Samuel, the accused’s brother, died from blood loss due to shotgun blasts to his legs. Both Samuel Jr. and Johnathan also suffered from machete wounds that mutilated their bodies. Medical examiner Dr. Sally Aiken testified that most of the blade wounds were post-mortem.
Officers that took the stand testified that Eldon Samuel III was perfectly calm when they arrived on the scene after he called 911.
“My dad tried to kill me — I shot him,” Samuel III was quiet and calm as he spoke to the 911 dispatcher.
Teachers from the school Samuel III went to reported that his father kept him out more often than not. A pediatrician explained that the boy had headaches, back pain, insomnia and had been living on one meal a day. A dentist showed the jury images taken of the boy’s teeth that showed periodontal disease, abscesses, and an infection most likely caused by neglect.
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