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Jury selection continues in Duncan case

BOISE, Idaho - Jury selection has resumed in the case of convicted killer Joseph Duncan after a federal judge turned down a request by his standby counsel attorneys to allow them to step down from the death penalty case because of ethical conflicts.

U.S. District Judge Edward Lodge turned down the request Wednesday saying he would not let the case be delayed any longer.

After a delay of more than three months, lawyers are back in court trying to select a jury for the sentencing phase of Duncan's capital murder case.

Duncan is facing the death penalty after pleading guilty to 10 federal charges in the high profile 2005 kidnapping of two northern Idaho children and the murder of one of them.

Judge Lodge delayed jury selection in late April after Duncan sought permission to act as his own attorney.

(The Associated Press contributed to this story.)

 

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