BOISE - 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 to complete and get approved,” said Michael Jeandron, spokesman for the Riverside County District Attorney’s office. “When we get it all sorted out, we’re going to go pick him up and bring him back.”
Riverside County is seeking the death penalty against Duncan for the 1997 kidnap and murder of 10-year-old Anthony Martinez. Duncan received three death sentences in federal court in Boise in August for the 2005 kidnapping, molesting and murder of 9-year-old Dylan Groene of Coeur d’Alene, which occurred after Duncan terrorized the family and murdered the child’s mother, older brother and mother’s fiance. He kidnapped the family’s two youngest children, and only one, Dylan’s then-8-year-old sister Shasta, survived.
Duncan’s court-appointed lawyers filed an appeal to the 9th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals of his death sentences, but Duncan himself said he didn’t want to appeal; the appeals court hasn’t yet ruled on whether the appeal can proceed. Before his move to Indiana, Duncan had been held in the Ada County Jail in Boise.
The Riverside County case can go forward while the federal appeals process is in progress.