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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.


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  • UPDATED: Mon., July 11, 2011, 3:28 p.m.

    9th Circuit orders Duncan back into court in Idaho

    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 …


  • Tue., March 15, 2011, 11:14 a.m.

    Joseph Duncan guilty plea brings 10th life sentence

    A convicted mass-murderer pleaded guilty today to the 1997 murder and torture of 10-year-old Anthony Martinez in exchange for life in prison without parole.


  • Thu., Dec. 3, 2009, 12:25 p.m.

    Duncan could face California trial next fall

    Joseph Duncan could face trial next fall on charges of murdering a Southern California boy in 1997.


  • Sun., Sept. 27, 2009

    Appeal delays mount for Duncan sentence

    Thirteen months after Joseph Duncan was handed three death sentences for his abduction and murder of a North Idaho child, his appeal languishes in its earliest stages at the 9th …


  • Tue., Sept. 22, 2009, 12:22 p.m.

    California judge says Duncan can act as own attorney

    Joseph Duncan will be allowed to act as his own attorney in a trial in which he faces the death penalty if convicted of the 1997 slaying of a 10-year-old …


  • Fri., Aug. 28, 2009, 1:02 p.m.

    Calif. jury: Duncan competent to stand trial

    Convicted murderer Joseph Duncan is competent to stand trial in the killing of a 10-year-old Beaumont, Calif., boy, a jury has ruled.


  • Mon., Aug. 17, 2009, 4:16 p.m.

    Doctor: Duncan mentally fit for trial

    INDIO – In the years leading up to the arrest of Joseph Duncan, he battled with the dichotomy of good and evil and lashed out violently after suffering through life, …


  • Wed., Aug. 12, 2009

    ‘Pardon the expression, but he’s crazy,’ doctor says of Duncan

    When a psychiatrist visited Joseph Edward Duncan III at the jail in Indio, Calif., on Sunday, he asked if Duncan thought he was mentally competent to stand trial.


  • Tue., Aug. 11, 2009

    Jury hears expert’s analysis of Duncan

    INDIO - Joseph Duncan, charged with the 1997 murder of a Beaumont, Calif., boy, is too delusional and psychotic to make his own decisions and understand his death penalty trial, …


  • Mon., Aug. 10, 2009, 12:25 p.m.

    California jury considers Duncan’s mental competency

    INDIO, Calif. — A Riverside County jury is considering whether a convicted killer is mentally fit to stand trial for the murder of a 10-year-old boy in 1997.


  • Wed., Feb. 4, 2009, 7:35 a.m.

    Judge: Duncan should stand trial in Calif. boy’s death

    INDIO, Calif. — A judge has ruled that a man charged with the 1997 kidnapping, murder and torture of a 10-year-old Beaumont boy should stand trial.


  • Fri., Jan. 23, 2009, 9:06 a.m.

    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 …


  • Fri., Jan. 9, 2009, 4:41 p.m.

    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 …


  • Tue., Nov. 25, 2008

    Judge tosses Duncan appeal

    BOISE – Defense attorneys charged that the FBI plied Joseph Duncan with milkshakes and gifts to manipulate him into not appealing his death sentence, but a federal judge rejected that …


  • Thu., Nov. 20, 2008

    Groene home slated for demolition

    Shoulder-high weeds obscure the front entry, but the house where a North Idaho murder spree began still stands, easily visible to travelers passing on Interstate 90 just east of Coeur …


  • Thu., Nov. 20, 2008

    Feds want Duncan’s appeal tossed

    BOISE – Federal prosecutors are trying to toss out the appeal filed by standby attorneys for Joseph Duncan, saying he never wanted to appeal his death sentence and the attorneys …


  • Tue., Nov. 18, 2008

    Duncan appeals death sentence

    BOISE – Joseph Duncan is appealing his death sentence to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Duncan stood silent when the sentence was handed down in August, after he …


  • Tue., Nov. 4, 2008

    Duncan sentenced on remaining charges

    BOISE – In addition to three death sentences, killer and child molester Joseph Duncan is now under nine life prison sentences. “There’ve been no redeeming qualities demonstrated throughout the course …


  • Tue., Nov. 4, 2008

    Groene opposes California trial

    BOISE – Steve Groene, father of two North Idaho children murdered by Joseph Duncan, said Monday that he’s against trying Duncan for an additional child murder in California. “I’m going …


  • Fri., Oct. 31, 2008

    Duncan to be sentenced Monday

    BOISE – Already sentenced to death, Joseph Duncan should get three more life sentences for his crimes against two North Idaho children in 2005, federal prosecutors say. Duncan is up …

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  • Mon., July 11, 2011, 12:39 p.m.

    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 …


  • Mon., July 11, 2011, 11:22 a.m.

    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 …


  • Mon., July 11, 2011, 11:10 a.m.

    9th Circuit ruling could lead to rerun of whole Duncan sentencing trial

    Here’s a link to the 9th Circuit ruling out today on Joseph Duncan, which orders U.S. District Judge Edward Lodge to hold a competency hearing to determine if Duncan was …


  • Mon., July 11, 2011, 10:59 a.m.

    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, …


  • Wed., April 6, 2011, 5:27 p.m.

    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 …


  • Wed., April 6, 2011, 4:07 p.m.

    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 …


  • Mon., Jan. 10, 2011, 11 a.m.

    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 …


  • Tue., Oct. 5, 2010, 12:30 p.m.

    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 …


  • Sat., Sept. 4, 2010, 6:20 a.m.

    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 …


  • Fri., Sept. 3, 2010, 5:14 p.m.

    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 …


  • Sun., Oct. 25, 2009, 1:42 p.m.

    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 …


  • Thu., Oct. 22, 2009, 2:44 p.m.

    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 …


  • Sun., Sept. 27, 2009, 9:03 a.m.

    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 …


  • Wed., Feb. 4, 2009, 8:38 a.m.

    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 …


  • Wed., Feb. 4, 2009, 8:07 a.m.

    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 …


  • Fri., Jan. 23, 2009, 10:01 a.m.

    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 …


  • Fri., Jan. 23, 2009, 9:15 a.m.

    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 …


  • Fri., Jan. 9, 2009, 4:47 p.m.

    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 …

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