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Eye On Boise

Shasta won’t have to testify

Young victim Shasta Groene won’t have to testify in federal court against Joseph Duncan, under an agreement reached by both sides in the case. “Her testimony will be presented by statements she made to law enforcement officers in July 2005,” federal prosecutors wrote in documents filed with the court today. The little girl was just 8 years old when Duncan kidnapped her and her brother, Dylan, 9, after brutally murdering three other members of their family at their home near Coeur d’Alene. Duncan pleaded guilty Monday to all charges in a 10-count federal indictment for kidnapping and molesting the two children, whom he held captive for weeks before killing Dylan. Shasta was rescued when employees and customers at a Coeur d’Alene Denny’s restaurant spotted her there with Duncan. You can read my full story here, and go to to read the prosecution and defense motions.

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