Judge says Duncan can represent himself in death penalty hearing - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Judge says Duncan can represent himself in death penalty hearing

BOISE, Idaho. - A federal judge will allow convicted killer Joseph Duncan III to represent himself in his death penalty hearing.

U.S. District Judge Edward Lodge made the ruling Monday morning after repeatedly questioning Duncan about his wishes.
     
Duncan faces the death penalty on three of 10 federal charges related to the 2005 kidnapping of two northern Idaho children and the slaying of one of them.
     
In May, Lodge suspended the sentencing after Duncan asked for permission to drop his team of lawyers and serve as his own attorney. Lodge then ordered a series of mental health evaluations, then ruled last week that Duncan is at least mentally competent to take part in the sentencing phase of the case.

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1. Duncan hearing set for today in Boise
BOISE, Id. - Convicted killer Joseph Edward Duncan III will be in federal court today in Boise for a hearing that will focus on the future makeup of his legal team. U.S. District Judge Edward Lodge is expected to quiz Duncan on his continued interest in defending himself during the sentencing phase...
2. Duncan's defense wants graphic video made public
BOISE, Idaho. - Defense lawyers for convicted child killer Joseph Edward Duncan III have asked a federal judge to make public a video that depicts Duncan torturing the child he later killed. The defense team made the request in a motion filed Friday, siding with media organizations who have...
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3. Court rules Duncan mentally competent
BOISE, Idaho. - The Court in the case of convicted killer Joseph Duncan has issued an order that declares Duncan to be mentally competent to proceed in the case. The judge also set a hearing date for further proceedings on Duncan's motion to proceed Pro Se (defend himself). The hearing on that...
 
4. Judge orders another delay for Duncan jurors
BOISE, Idaho. - A federal judge has ordered another delay in the federal death penalty case for convicted kidnapper and murderer Joseph Edward Duncan III. Also on KHQ.com - Court Documents: Judge orders another delay for Duncan jurors U.S. District Judge Edward Lodge issued an order...
 
5. Defense team wants Duncan found incompetent
BOISE, Idaho. - The defense team of convicted child killer Joseph Edward Duncan III wants him found incompetent, the attorneys revealed during a court proceeding Thursday. Duncan, who faces the death penalty on three of 10 federal charges connected to the 2005 abduction of two northern Idaho...
6. Duncan hearing will be open to public, media
BOISE, Idaho. - The federal judge in the case against Joseph Duncan has decided to open Thursday's status hearing to the public and media. Defense attorneys had contended closing the hearing violated Duncan's right to a public trial and the public's right to access. In a court document filed...
7. Duncan's defense attorneys: court sealing too much
BOISE, Idaho. - Defense attorneys for convicted child killer Joseph Edward Duncan III say a federal judge is being overzealous in sealing court documents connected to his death row sentencing case. In a court document filed Tuesday, Duncan's defense team asked U.S. District Court Judge Edward...
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BOISE, Idaho - A federal judge has delayed again the resumption of the sentencing hearing for convicted murderer Joseph Edward Duncan III. U.S. District Judge Edward Lodge filed an order Monday granting a mental health expert two more weeks to determine whether Duncan is competent to serve as his...
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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...
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BOISE, Idaho. - Jury selection in the case against Joseph Duncan has been delayed further due to a motion filed by the court that Duncan undergo further mental competency evaluation. Jury selection was delayed previously in April, when Duncan filed a request to proceed pro se (defend himself)....


 

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