Duncan death penalty delayed again - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Duncan death penalty delayed again

BOISE, Idaho - A judge has once again delayed the federal death penalty case for convicted murderer Joseph Edward Duncan III.

An order filed by District Judge Edward Lodge states that mental health experts need at least two more weeks to determine Duncan's competency to stand trial.

The court is trying to determine if Duncan is competent enough to represent himself in his sentencing hearing for the 2005 kidnapping and abuse of Shasta and Dylan Groene and the slaying of Dylan.

In May a pool of more than 300 prospective jurors was told check with the court Monday to find out when jury selection might resume.

(The Associated Press contributed to this story.)

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