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Duncan trial set for next January

U.S. District Judge Edward Lodge has set Joseph Duncan’s trial on federal kidnapping, murder and child-molesting charges for next January, splitting the difference between the prosecution’s request to start the trial in July and the defense’s to put it off until August of 2008. The judge also noted that Steve Groene, father of the surviving victim Shasta Groene, “suffers from an advanced form of cancer,” and wrote, “To the extent it becomes necessary, the Court suggests that it may be appropriate for the testimony of Mr. Steven V. Groene to be taken by video deposition.” Groene told the court last week that he’s dying of throat cancer and may not be around in August of 2008 – leaving Shasta without any parent to support her through the trial if it were delayed until then. Duncan already has admitted killing Shasta’s mother, older brother, and mother’s fiancé. Read S-R reporter Taryn Brodwater’s full story here in today’s Spokesman-Review.




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