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Zach Neagle Update

by Maggie O'Mara

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Posted on June 3, 2009 at 7:59 AM

Updated Thursday, Oct 22 at 11:10 AM

Neagle in Juvenile Detention

Zachary Neagle, the 14-year-old Caldwell boy accused of shooting and killing his father while he was sleeping - has been moved out of the Canyon County Jail and into a juvenile detention center.

A Canyon county judge signed the order to transfer him - he had been in the adult jail for two weeks. At the detention center, Neagle will get counseling and be with kids his own age.

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Zachary Neagle, 14

"I just think in the best interest of everyone involved, it is helpful to have a professional counselor get put into the mix. He will have easier access and they will be able facilitate better access to counselors in the juvenile detention center - and that is the reason we made the request to the court together." - John Bujak, Prosecutor.

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John Bujak

Canyon County Prosecutor John Bujak tells us the 8th grader is still charged with first degree murder, and his bond is still set at 300k. He was supposed to be in court today for his preliminary hearing, but that hearing has been moved to June 11.

As we've reported, according to police investigators - some family members believe Zachary and two younger siblings may have been sexually and physically abused by their father. Investigators say that could have been the motive, but nothing has been proven. More information is set to come out as the court proceedings continue.
Both sides in the case say they hope to resolve this without going to trial, but that will all depend on the evidence.

Support for Neagle

Zachary Neagle's supporters had planned a RALLY for him today at the Canyon County Courthouse, but the rally has been moved to the new court date - June 11. The organizer tells me they expect a BIG turnout.

Everyone seems to have an opinion on this case, so how do you feel about the latest developments?

*Do you think it was fair to move him to juvenile detention?


*Do you think he should have stayed in jail since he is charged as an adult?