BOISE — The former attorneys for convicted murderer Joseph Duncan are asking a judge to let them testify in secret about whether Duncan was mentally competent during his death penalty hearing four years ago.
BOISE – A forensic psychologist who examined convicted murderer Joseph Duncan four years ago said Duncan scored high on a test measuring paranoia, but was still legally competent to serve as his own attorney when he waived his right to appeal his death sentence. Dr. Robert Engle testified Wednesday as part of a retrospective competency hearing ordered by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. The hearing is intended to determine whether Duncan was mentally competent when he waived his right to appeal his death sentence for the kidnapping and torture of two North Idaho children and the murder of one of them.
BOISE – Before Joseph Duncan murdered a 9-year-old North Idaho boy in 2005, he set his sights on a Spokane child, posing as a prospective renter and touring a South Hill duplex with the boy’s mother while ogling the child. But the boy’s mother grew suspicious and the serial killer nonchalantly ignored her stares and calmly moved on.
Before Joseph Duncan murdered a 9-year-old North Idaho boy in 2005, he set his sights on a Spokane child, posing as a prospective renter and touring a Spokane duplex with the boy’s mother while ogling the child.
BOISE – Joseph Duncan was sentenced to death three times over for crimes against a 9-year-old North Idaho boy he killed in 2005, and he initially and repeatedly said he had no interest in appealing his death sentence. But Duncan is still alive, and he’ll be back in an Idaho courtroom today. The reason: His court-appointed lawyers filed an appeal for him, arguing that the multiple murderer and child molester wasn’t mentally competent to waive his death-penalty appeals.
As an appeal over the competency of a convicted child killer nears in Idaho's U.S. District Court, a judge is sorting out just what expert witnesses should be allowed to testify about in the case. Joseph Edward Duncan III was sentenced to death in 2008 after admitting he kidnapped and tortured two northern Idaho children before killing one of them. He gave up his appeals later that year, but his former attorneys argued that he wasn't mentally competent and fought the sentence on his behalf. A hearing on the matter will be held in Boise's U.S. District Court in January.
COEUR D’ALENE — A woman who administered a bank account for donations given to benefit two North Idaho children kidnapped seven years ago is being sued by their father, who says she mismanaged the funds.
BOISE – A court hearing on whether condemned murderer Joseph Duncan was mentally competent when he waived his right to appeal his death sentence has been set for Jan. 8, 2013. “There will be no extension,” U.S. District Judge Edward Lodge said Monday as he set the hearing.
A court hearing on whether condemned murderer Joseph Duncan was mentally competent when he waived his right to appeal his death sentence has been set for Jan. 8, 2013.
BOISE – Notorious murderer Joseph Duncan has changed his mind about waiving his right to appeal, saying he owes it to his mother to try getting off death row for the torture slaying of a North Idaho youngster in 2005. “It would be utterly cruel, and indeed, inhuman, for me not to consider my mother’s love when deciding what to do in regard to my own life,” Duncan advised U.S. District Judge Edward Lodge. “So I hereby inform you, and any others concerned, that I withdraw my waiver of appeal and consent fully to all efforts and advice given by my attorneys to appeal.
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...
Hers is a name never forgotten by most North Idaho residents. Q6 has the following story chronicling her tumultuous journey over the past 10 years. The once-traumatized little girl is 18 and will soon become a mother.
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...