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Mental exam for Duncan to determine if he's fit to stand trial

INDIO, Calif. (AP) -  A man accused of kidnapping, torturing and killing a 10-year-old Riverside County boy more than a decade ago will undergo mental evaluation to determine if he's fit to stand trial.

A judge in Indio ordered Friday that two doctors examine Joseph Duncan III and report back in May.

Previous Coverage

1.) Judge dismisses Duncan's appeal notice
2.) House where Duncan victims died to be demolished
3.)Convicted child killer Duncan files appeal notice
4.) Judge to decide whether Joseph Duncan will appeal death sentence
5.) Convicted killer Joseph Duncan moved to federal prison
6.) California attorney seeks Duncan extradition
7.) Duncan receives 3 additional life sentences

Duncan, 45, is accused of kidnapping Anthony Martinez in 1997 as he played with his brother in an alley near their Beaumont home. The boy's nude and battered body was found about two weeks later under a pile of rocks in Indio.

Duncan could face the death penalty if convicted.

Duncan already has received life and death sentences in Idaho for the 2005 killing of 9-year-old Dylan Groene of North Idaho, the abduction of his sister Shasta and the murder of their older brother, mother and her fiance.

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