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Joseph Duncan Competency Hearing

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BOISE, Idaho (AP) - Nothing has been resolved at a U.S. District Court hearing Friday in Boise where attorneys are preparing for a complicated review that could unravel the death sentence against Joseph Edward Duncan III.

Duncan was sentenced to death for kidnapping, torturing and murdering 9-year-old Dylan Groene of Coeur d'Alene in 2005 after taking him and his sister to a remote Montana campsite.

Duncan also has been sentenced to two life terms in California for torturing and killing 10-year-old Anthony Martinez in 1997 and is suspected in the 1996 deaths of two half-sisters near Seattle.

In the Idaho case, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled a hearing must be held to determine whether Duncan was competent four years ago when he waived his right to an appeal. If he wasn't, the death penalty hearing will have to be held over again.

After failing to resolve anything at Friday's hearing, the judge set a June 4 session to sort out details.

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