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Joseph Duncan

News about the investigation, trial and sentencing of Joseph Edward Duncan for the 2005 kidnap, torture and murder of 9-year-old Dylan Groene of Coeur d’Alene; the murders of Dylan’s mother, mother’s fiance and 13-year-old brother; and the kidnapping and molestation of Dylan’s then-8-year-old sister Shasta.


News >  Idaho

Supreme Court denies Duncan appeal in 2005 kidnapping, murder of Dylan Groene

The U.S. Supreme Court has let stand a ruling that convicted killer Joseph Duncan was mentally competent when he waived his right to appeal his death sentence for killing three members of a North Idaho family in 2005. The high court Monday denied Duncan’s petition to hear his appeal of a federal judge’s ruling in December 2013, which had been affirmed by a three-judge panel of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in March 2015.
News >  Idaho

Judge rejects Joseph Duncan’s death penalty appeal

Federal judges have rejected efforts to spare killer Joseph Duncan from the death penalty. A three-judge panel of the 9th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruled Friday that a district judge correctly determined Duncan was mentally competent when he waived his right to appeal his death sentence. They also ruled it was too late for Duncan to change his mind two years later.
News >  Idaho

Ninth Circuit Court considers Duncan’s competency in death penalty appeal

Convicted murderer Joseph Duncan made it very clear he didn’t want to appeal his triple death sentence, U.S. Attorney for Idaho Wendy Olson told the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday. Olson noted that Duncan was ruled mentally competent to make that decision after an extensive hearing that the 9th Circuit ordered U.S. District Judge Edward Lodge to hold in 2013.
News >  Idaho

Serial killer Joseph Duncan is mentally competent, federal judge rules

BOISE – A federal judge has cleared the way for serial killer Joseph Duncan’s execution for the 2005 kidnapping, torture and murder of a 9-year-old North Idaho boy, ruling that Duncan was mentally competent when he gave up the right to appeal his death sentence. There still could be further appeals, but U.S. District Judge Edward Lodge’s ruling Friday is a key step toward execution for Duncan, who’s been sentenced to death three times over and has been linked to the murder of children and adults. Lodge wrote in his 66-page ruling that he’s “presided over numerous competency hearings in my 50 years on the bench. While these decisions many times are difficult and hard to make because of the consequences that follow, the Court is firmly convinced that the conclusions stated in this order are correct.”
News >  Idaho

Judge’s ruling clears way for Joseph Duncan’s execution

UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 6, 2013, 4:30 p.m.

A federal judge has cleared the way for Joseph Duncan’s execution for the 2005 kidnapping, torture and murder of a 9-year-old North Idaho boy, ruling that Duncan was mentally competent when he gave up the right to appeal his death sentence.
News >  Idaho

Joseph Duncan competency hearing nears end

BOISE – Child-killer Joseph Duncan is sitting on federal death row in Terre Haute, Ind., but his fate still rests in an Idaho courtroom. Eight years after Duncan kidnapped, tortured and killed a 9-year-old North Idaho boy after a murderous attack on the boy’s family, the long process that could lead to Duncan’s execution inched forward this week.

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News >  Idaho

Child-killer Joseph Duncan still fighting death sentence

Although child-killer Joseph Duncan waived his right to appeal his triple death sentence for the 2005 kidnapping, torture and murder of a 9-year-old North Idaho boy, Duncan, through a team of attorneys, is now pressing a series of continued challenges. That’s in part because more...
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9th Circuit dismisses Duncan’s appeal of death sentence

The 9th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals has rejected claims from attorneys for multiple murderer Joseph Duncan that the killer was incompetent to waive appeals of his death sentence, and dismissed the appeal that defense attorneys filed on his behalf. The attorneys still could seek...

News >  Idaho

Judge Lodge: No closed courtroom for Duncan hearing testimony

Here's a news item from the Associated Press: BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A federal judge has rejected a request that the courtroom be closed for part of a convicted murderer's mental competency hearing. The Idaho Statesman (http://bit.ly/ts2JbV) reported U.S. District Judge Edward Lodge made the...
News >  Idaho

Psychologist: Duncan paranoid, but competent

Condemned killer Joseph Duncan scored high on a test measuring paranoia, but was still legally competent to serve as his own attorney when he waived his right to appeal his death sentence, a forensic psychologist testified in federal court in Boise yesterday. Dr. Robert Engle...
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Duncan back in Idaho court, Legislature off and running for session…

Condemned multiple murderer Joseph Duncan will be back in an Idaho federal courtroom today, for a retrospective competency hearing, to determine if he was mentally competent in November of 2008 when he waived his appeals. If he’s ruled competent, Duncan will go back to federal...
News >  Idaho

Duncan case goes back to the courtroom

Condemned killer Joseph Duncan will be back in an Idaho federal courtroom in January, for a two-week hearing on whether he was mentally competent when he waived his right to appeal his death sentence. U.S. District Judge Edward Lodge is now sorting through issues relating...
News >  Idaho

Duncan case headed back to Idaho courtroom for competency hearing

Condemned killer Joseph Duncan will be back in an Idaho federal courtroom in January, for a two-week hearing on whether he was mentally competent when he waived his right to appeal his death sentence. U.S. District Judge Edward Lodge is now sorting through issues relating...
News >  Idaho

KREM: Shasta Groene Breaks Silence

Shasta Groene is no longer the little girl that captured the hearts of the Inland Northwest by surviving a terrifying ordeal in which her mother, her mother's boyfriend and two brothers were murdered by Joseph Duncan. She's now a 16-year-old high schooler. KREM2 provides a...
News >  Idaho

Groene’s Dad Sues Fund Manager

A woman who administered a bank account for donations given to benefit two North Idaho children kidnapped seven years ago is being sued by their father, who says she mismanaged the funds. The Coeur d’Alene Press reports Steven Groene, shown in AP file photo, filed...
News >  Idaho

Duncan competency hearing set for Jan. 8

A court hearing on whether condemned murderer Joseph Duncan was mentally competent when he waived his right to appeal his death sentence has been set for Jan. 8, 2013. "There will be no extension ... of the Jan. 8 date," U.S. District Judge Edward Lodge...
News >  Spokane

Duncan wants to appeal death penalty

BOISE - Notorious multiple murderer Joseph Duncan was back in a Boise courtroom on Friday morning, as lawyers and a federal judge wrangled over setting a date for a new hearing into whether Duncan was mentally competent when he waived appeals of his triple death...
News >  Idaho

Duncan changes mind, says he now wants to appeal his death sentence

Notorious multiple murderer Joseph Duncan was back in a Boise courtroom this morning, as lawyers and a federal judge wrangled over setting a date for a new hearing into whether Duncan was mentally competent when he waived appeals of his triple death sentence for torturing...
News >  Spokane

Duncan due in court in Boise tomorrow

Condemned child killer Joseph Duncan will be in court in Boise today - two days after the seven-year anniversary of his murderous rampage just east of Coeur d'Alene at Wolf Lodge Bay. Duncan (pictured in April 2011) was to be transported from federal death row...
News >  Spokane

Duncan still getting competency hearing

Condemned serial killer Joseph E. Duncan is getting another day in court. Duncan, on death row for the torture slaying of a North Idaho boy he abducted in 2005 after slaughtering most of the youngster’s family, will undergo a hearing to determine whether he was...
News >  Spokane

Duncan’s death penalty NOT overturned

BOISE – The 9th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals has ordered convicted child-killer Joseph Duncan back into court in Idaho, saying a federal judge should have ordered a competency hearing before allowing Duncan to waive his appeal of his death sentence. The high court ordered...
News >  Idaho

Expert: Secrecy contributed to 9th Circuit ruling

When Joseph Duncan received three death sentences and nine life terms in federal court in Idaho for his murderous 2005 attack on the Groene family in North Idaho, U.S. District Judge Edward Lodge ordered two extensive mental evaluations that delayed Duncan's death penalty sentencing trial...
News >  Idaho

Olson: Duncan’s death sentence still in place for now

U.S. Attorney for Idaho Wendy Olson is making the emphatic point that the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruling today does NOT overturn Joseph Duncan's death sentence; instead, it reverses U.S. District Judge Lodge's order waiving Duncan's right to appeal, ordering Lodge to hold a...
News >  Idaho

Olson: Every court has found Duncan competent

U.S. Attorney for Idaho Wendy Olson said in a statement, "Since his arrest in July 2005, Joseph Edward Duncan, III, has been found competent by every court or jury to have considered the issue. He has three times pleaded guilty to murder charges or offenses...
News >  Idaho

9th Circuit suspends Joseph Duncan’s death sentence

Here's a news item from the Associated Press: BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has thrown out the death penalty of Joseph Edward Duncan III, saying he should have been given a competency hearing before he was allowed to waive...
News >  Spokane

Duncan returns to federal death row

A man who tortured and killed two boys in California and Idaho has been returned to death row in federal prison. Federal prison officials say 48-year-old Joseph Edward Duncan III -- who spent more than two years in a Riverside County jail -- arrived at...
News >  Idaho

Groene Finds Voice In Social Media

(Steve) Groene wants a national one-strike law for violent sex offenders. And he is getting support. In less than a week Groene's Facebook page for his son's Dylan and Slade has tripled in followers. Groene's boys were two of Duncan's five murder victims. His daughter...
News >  Spokane

Ariz. suspect could get Duncan’s lawyer

A well-known anti-death penalty lawyer tapped to represent alleged Tucson, Ariz., shooter Jared Loughner led child-killer Joseph Duncan's defense team during his 2008 trial in Boise. Judy Clarke, formerly federal defender for Eastern Washington and Idaho, has also defended Unabomber Ted Kaczynski, child-killer Susan Smith...
News >  Spokane

Convicted killer backs out of pro se plan

Convicted killer Joseph Edward Duncan, already condemned to die for a murderous North Idaho rampage in 2005 and about to stand trial in California for an earlier slaying, has reconsidered plans to represent himself in the new death penalty case.Riverside County Superior Court Judge David...
News >  Idaho

California Delay Duncan Trial 1 Year

Item: California murder trial for Joseph Duncan delayed one year/John Asbury, Riverside Press EnterprisMore Info: In court last week, Duncan, who is representing himself, told the court he would not be ready to go to trial by November, if at all. He said he still...
News >  Idaho

PM: David Duke To Visit Sandpoint

"My photogenic & fellow sun-loving friend Stephanic Smith enjoys the lazy river at Boulder Beach/Silverwood Theme Park," posts Kerri Thoreson/OnLocation North Idaho. "Although Silverwood Theme Park is open weekends through September, Labor Day weekend is the last chance to splash in their Boulder Beach waterpark."...
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FBI agents honored for work on Duncan case

Six FBI special agents and support personnel from Idaho also have been awarded the U.S. Attorney General's Award for Excellence in Law Enforcement for their work on the Joseph Duncan case, joining five from the U.S. Attorney's office prosecution team. The six from the FBI:...
News >  Idaho

Federal prosecution team honored for work on Duncan case

Five employees of the U.S. Attorney's Office in Idaho, including Assistant U.S. Attorneys Wendy Olson and Traci Whelan, have been honored with the Attorney General's Award for Excellence in Law Enforcement for their work on the Joseph Duncan case, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder announced...
News >  Idaho

Delays stall Duncan appeal

Thirteen months after multiple murderer Joseph Duncan was handed three death sentences by an Idaho federal court jury, his appeal in the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals remains stalled at its earliest stage: The appellate court has yet to rule on whether it can even...
News >  Idaho

EOB: Duncan To Face California Jury

Joseph Duncan, whose crimes against a North Idaho family in 2005 shocked the state, should stand trial for a 1997 child abduction and murder in California, a judge there has ruled. Duncan, who faces a possible fourth death sentence, is again asking to act as...
News >  Idaho

Calif. judge: Duncan should stand trial there

Joseph Duncan, whose crimes against a North Idaho family in 2005 shocked the state, should stand trial for a 1997 child abduction and murder in California, a judge there has ruled. Duncan, who faces a possible fourth death sentence, is again asking to act as...
News >  Idaho

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...
News >  Idaho

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...
News >  Idaho

Duncan moved to Indiana

Condemned murderer Joseph Duncan has been transferred to U.S. Penitentiary at Terre Haute, Ind. that houses the federal Death Row, but Riverside County, Calif. still is working to bring the killer there to try him in another case. “There is some paperwork that we need...

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