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Teen Accused of Killing Adoptive Parents to Stand Trial

Susan Poff and Robert Kamin. Family photo.

A 16-year-old boy accused of murdering his adoptive parents in a fit of rage will face a murder trial, a judge in Alameda County, Calif., has ruled.

In January, the bodies of Susan Poff, 50, and Robert Kamin, 54, were found wrapped in blankets inside the trunk of the family’s PT Cuiser, which was parked in the driveway of their Oakland home. CBS San Francisco reported that someone had attempted to set the vehicle on fire. Police were called to the house, pictured, after Kamin’s colleagues became concerned because he hadn’t shown up to work. Police say the couple’s adopted son, Moses Kamin, 15 at the time, confessed to strangling his parents. According to investigators, Kamin’s motive may have been an unwillingness to deal with the consequences of being suspended from school for smoking marijuana.

In a hearing Wednesday, Alameda County Superior Court Judge Morris Jacobson ruled that prosecutors produced enough evidence against Kamin, and that his videotaped confession is admissible. Jacobson did, however, reprimand police for holding Kamin in an interrogation room for 12 hours and using overly aggressive tactics on the boy.

The Kamins adopted Moses when he was 6 years old. He will be tried as an adult.

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