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Duncan extradited to California

Joseph Duncan, the notorious serial killer and child molester whose attack on a Coeur d’Alene family shocked the state, has been extradited to California, where he faces another possible death sentence for the 1997 kidnap and murder of 10-year-old Anthony Martinez. Earlier, Duncan received three death sentences in federal court in Boise for the kidnap, torture and murder of 9-year-old Dylan Groene of Coeur d’Alene, and multiple life sentences for the murders of Dylan’s mother, mother’s fiance and 13-year-old brother, and for the kidnap and molesting of his then-8-year-old sister Shasta, the only one to survive Duncan’s 2005 attack on the family. Riverside County District Attorney Rod Pacheco reported that Duncan was taken into Riverside County custody this morning. Pacheco has scheduled a new conference for this afternoon with Diana Gonzales, Anthony’s mother.

During Duncan’s federal sentencing trial in Boise, testimony showed that Duncan admitted to Anthony’s murder in interviews with police, after he was arrested for his Idaho crimes.


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Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.

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