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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

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...