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Feds plan to seek execution for Duncan

Federal prosecutors want to seek the death penalty for Joseph Duncan, the U.S. attorney’s office confirmed Friday. The ultimate decision on whether Duncan could face death for alleged crimes against …


Shasta can’t face away, lawyer says

Because Joseph Duncan isn’t charged with crimes against Shasta Groene in Kootenai County, his attorney says the 9-year-old must face Duncan in court when she testifies against him later this …


Shasta may testify in person

If 1st District Judge Fred Gibler finds the 9-year-old is capable of taking the stand, Shasta Groene will be in the same room as Joseph Duncan when she testifies against …


Lawyers clash over Duncan statements

Public Defender John Adams fought passionately Tuesday to keep statements Joseph Duncan made about Shasta Groene and crimes against her family from being used against the triple-murder suspect at his …


Prosecutors reply to Duncan motion

Kootenai County prosecutors filed a reply to Joseph Duncan’s attorney late Thursday afternoon to keep the death penalty on the table in the homicide suspect’s case. Duncan is accused of …


Duncan won’t attend arguments

Homicide suspect Joseph Duncan is not expected to appear in court next week during two days of arguments over motions in his triple-murder case, according to the Kootenai County Sheriff’s …


Duncan lawyer investigating state’s execution protocol

Joseph Duncan isn’t set to be tried on triple-murder charges until October, but his attorney is already asking for the state’s protocol for lethal injection. Public Defender John Adams sent …


Huckleberries: Shasta Groene rescuer waiting for husband, not money

Denny’s was proud of Amber Deahn and other employees after they helped rescue Shasta Groene from the clutches of sadistic Joseph Edward Duncan last July – so proud that it …


Sexual predator ballot proposal falls short

Washington state voters will not get a chance in November to decide whether certain sexual predators should face life in prison after a single offense. Initiative 921 – also known …


Duncan: ‘It had to end’

Joseph Duncan laughed at times and cried at times in the hour after he was booked into the Kootenai County Jail nearly one year ago, according to recently filed court …


Shock still fresh

They were ghastly crimes in a tranquil area near Coeur d’Alene. Three dead, bludgeoned with a hammer in their home. Two children missing. No leads or apparent motive.


Killings spark action

In Washington, the state capitol is more than 300 miles from the Idaho home where the Groene-McKenzie family members were attacked, slain and abducted. But echoes from the horrific case …


Shasta’s best interest is his only interest

Coeur d’Alene attorney John Sahlin became disenchanted with the legal process early in his career. He specialized in family law, an area he said many attorneys consider “one of the …


‘It affects you. My wife, it affects her a lot’

It’s May again and the grass has grown high along Bob Hollingsworth’s driveway. A year ago – last Mother’s Day weekend – the 73-year-old real estate broker hired a neighbor …


Duncan doesn’t want Shasta to take witness stand

Steve Groene has made it clear he doesn’t want his daughter to have to take the stand and face the man accused of murdering her two brothers, her mother and …


Groene plea reaches feds

A request by the father of Shasta Groene to drop the possibility of the death penalty in the state murder trial of Joseph Edward Duncan III also has reached the …


School may get plaque for Dylan

Shasta Groene thinks it’s a great idea to have a plaque memorializing her slain brother on the playground at Fernan Elementary School, her father said Monday. Steve Groene persuaded Coeur …


Groene backs life sentence

Steve Groene has asked for the death penalty case to be withdrawn against the man accused of kidnapping his daughter and murdering his two sons last year, Kootenai County Prosecutor …


Catching up with Steve Groene

KIRKLAND – The man glanced at the stacks of petitions and hesitated. Automatic life in prison for certain sex crimes? “It seems a little harsh,” he said.


Washington yard sales to fund ‘Dylan’s Law’

Facing a July deadline for a quarter-million signatures, proponents of a “one-strike” law for sex offenders are holding six yard sales across the state Saturday. “We need the support of …


Playground piece would honor Dylan

Dylan Groene may be memorialized with a piece of playground equipment at Fernan Elementary School. The school’s principal has been contacted by a North Carolina man who wants to raise …


States get tougher on sex offenders

OLYMPIA – Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire signed on Monday more than a dozen changes toughening sex offender laws, many prompted by lawmakers’ revulsion over child rapist Joseph Duncan’s alleged attacks …


Deadline looms for suit over Duncan’s release

DETROIT LAKES, Minn. – A deadline for serving Becker County with a lawsuit over the release of accused kidnapper and killer Joseph E. Duncan III is approaching, but the county …


County watching Duncan case costs

Kootenai County commissioners have asked Joseph Duncan’s public defender to get pre-approval for all expenses related to the triple-homicide case. They made the request in a memo to Public Defender …


Relatives want death penalty for Duncan

The families of homicide victims Brenda Groene, her son Slade and her boyfriend, Mark McKenzie, said Monday they want the death penalty to stay on the table in the trial …


Our View: Life in prison a sensible penalty for Groene killings

If convicted child molester Joseph Edward Duncan III brutally murdered Brenda Groene, son Dylan and her lover, Mark McKenzie, at their Wolf Lodge Bay home last spring, he ought to …


Duncan trial delayed again

Joseph Duncan’s triple-murder trial has been postponed until Oct. 16. “No one wants to try this case twice, including me,” 1st District Judge Fred Gibler said Thursday in granting Duncan’s …


Duncan trial delay has risks

If suspected killer Joseph Duncan gets his triple-homicide trial postponed, it could be a double-edged sword for his legal team. The extension would give Duncan’s lawyers more time to prepare …


Prosecutors protest delay of Duncan trial

Prosecutors are asking 1st District Judge Fred Gibler to consider the impact another delay in the trial of Joseph Edward Duncan III might have on Shasta Groene. Shasta, 9, is …


Response to child molesters: SMAC’M

Tamara Cougar wants Idaho to be as unattractive as possible – at least to sex offenders. She plans to put the message on coffee cups, T-shirts, bumper stickers and even …