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Jurors shown Duncan's torture videotape

BOISE, Idaho - Jurors in the sentencing phase for convicted killer Joseph Duncan watched a videotape Thursday of Duncan torturing Dylan Groene, despite a motion filed Wednesday by Steven Groene to restrict viewing of the tape.

Prosecutors spent Thursday morning talking about the cabin where Dylan was sexually abused. FBI Special Agent Steve Liss described the cabin, mentioning a noose that was hung from the middle of the ceiling and Duncan's DNA which was found on the floor.

Before the video was shown the judge acknowledged the Groene family's motion to restrict the viewing of the tape, then denied the request.

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- Duncan Sentencing: Police interview with Shasta played in court
- Groene shares letters from children; Duncan questions FBI agent
- Jury selected; opening statements made in Duncan murder sentencing
- Judge closes court during Duncan victim testimony
- Duncan's standby counsel want no part in jury selection
- Court rules Duncan mentally competent

Steve Groene, visibly upset, walked out of the courtroom without standing for the judge, and was not in the courtroom during the showing of the tape.

Everyone was moved to one side of the courtroom and checked for cell phones by U.S. Marshals who were standing watch.

FBI Special Agent Mike Genecknow was on the witness stand as the graphic videotape and corresponding photographs, shot from inside a cabin in the Lolo National Forest, were exhibited.


Duncan objected before the tape was played, saying "The video will turn this jury into my victims. I will be tried by a jury of victims not my peers."

His objection was overruled and the tape was played in three sections, totaling 30 minutes.

Jurors could be seen wiping their eyes with tissue as the tape was played, some turning their heads during the most graphic parts. Others looked at Duncan during the tape.

Duncan didn't watch the beginning of the most graphic part of the video, but watched with a blank stare as the video continued.

According to reporters outside the courtroom, as the tape was played Steve Groene called his lawyer to see if he could make a citizens arrest in regards to the people who went in to watch the video.

He asked why the people present had not been screened, saying "they could be child molesters."

The Groene family went on record late Thursday, issuing this statement regarding the video:

"We feel that the decision to show the video in open court will not only further traumatize Shasta but the entire family. It will also forever change the way that Dylan, a very soft spoken, shy, little boy who loved life will be remembered. The emotional damage caused by this will be on going long past the trials end."

Master Chief Petty officer Virgil Craven of the U.S. Navy, a victim of Duncan's rage in 1980, also took the witness stand Thursday.

When Craven was 14-years old he wa sexually abused by Duncan who was 17-years old at the time. Duncan was sentenced to 20 years in prison for the crime.

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