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Teen Faces Murder in Parents' Death



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    A judge Wednesday ruled that prosecutors produced sufficient  evidence to have an Oakland teenager ordered to stand trial on charges that  he murdered his adoptive parents in January.

    Alameda County Superior Court Judge Morris Jacobson denied a  defense motion, which sought to have Moses Kamin's videotaped confession that  he killed his adoptive parents on the grounds that he didn't knowingly,  voluntarily and intelligently waive his right to a lawyer.

    In an interview with Oakland police Officer Eriberto Perez-Angeles  and Sgt. Rachel Van Sloten on Jan. 28, Kamin, who was 15 at the time and is  now 16, said he strangled Susan Poff, 50, and Robert Kamin, 55, the night of  Jan. 26 in a fit of anger after he was suspended from school for smoking  marijuana because he didn't want to deal with their frustrations with him.

    Poff and Robert Kamin, who both worked for the San Francisco  Department of Public Health and adopted Moses Kamin when he was six years  old, were found dead in a PT Cruiser parked outside their home at 284 Athol  Ave. in Oakland about 9:30 p.m. on Jan. 27.

    Robert Kamin had worked with the San Francisco Sheriff's  Department since 1994, providing mental health services to inmates, as well  as working as a psychologist at Haight Ashbury Free Clinics-Walden House.

    Susan Poff had worked with the San Francisco Department of Public  Health's Housing and Urban Health Clinic since 2004 as a physician assistant.

    Although Jacobson ruled that Kamin's confession is admissible as  evidence, he criticized Oakland police for holding the teen in a small,  windowless room for 12 hours before they interviewed him and for using overly  aggressive tactics in questioning him.

    Kamin's lawyer, Andrew Steckler, said, "I respectfully disagree  with the judge's ruling about the admissibility of Moses' statement and I  will appeal it" before the case goes to trial.

    Kamin is being prosecuted as an adult.

    In his statement to police, Kamin said used a chokehold he had  learned in his many years of studying martial arts to strangle his parents.

    Steckler said, "This crime fits a tragic pattern if Moses'  statement to police is true because he wouldn't be the first adoptive child  to murder his parents."

    Steckler said children who kill their adoptive parents often feel  abandoned by their birth parents and have a sense of trauma and loss.