August 28, 2009 in Idaho, Nation/World

Calif. jury: Duncan competent to stand trial

John Asbury (Riverside, Calif.) Press-Enterprise
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Joseph Edward Duncan in October 2006.
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Convicted murderer Joseph Duncan is competent to stand trial in the killing of a 10-year-old Beaumont, Calif., boy, a jury has ruled.

Exactly one year after he was sentenced to death for crimes in Idaho, an Indio jury decided after a four-week trial that Duncan is competent to understand and is aware of the criminal trial and can assist his attorneys.

Jurors heard testimony from six psychologists and psychiatrists assessing Duncan’s mental state.

Duncan’s California murder trial can now move forward with a different jury.

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