Second phase of sentencing opens in Duncan case - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Second phase of sentencing opens in Duncan case

Joseph Edward Duncan III Joseph Edward Duncan III
BOISE, Idaho. - Federal prosecutors told a jury Monday that convicted killer Joseph Edward Duncan III had killed at least three times before 2005, when his attack on a northern Idaho family left four dead.
     
The testimony in U.S. District Court is designed to convince a jury that Duncan should be executed for the kidnapping, torture and murder of 9-year-old Dylan Groene in 2005. In the next few days Duncan will be given the option to present evidence to balance against the heinousness of the crime in an effort to sway the jurors toward a life sentence.
     
Duncan pleaded guilty last year to 10 federal charges related to the kidnapping and torture of Dylan and his sister Shasta Groene, and to Dylan's murder. And he's

Previous Coverage

- Jury says Duncan eligible for death penalty
-TRANSCRIPT: Duncan makes closing arguments against death penalty
- Prosecution & defense rest in Duncan case; closing arguments set to begin
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Jurors shown Duncan's torture videotape
-Expert says Duncan's shotgun wouldn't accidentally fire
- Jury hears disturbing letter from Duncan to his mother
- Duncan Sentencing: Police interview with Shasta played in court

already been convicted in state court to murdering 13-year-old Slade Groene, his mother Brenda Groene and her boyfriend Mark McKenzie.

On Friday, a jury deliberated for two hours before deciding that Duncan should be eligible for the death penalty.
   
Monday FBI agent Mike Sotka testified that Duncan confessed three other murders after his arrest in the Groene case - the slayings of half-sisters Sammiejo White and Carmen Cubias in
Seattle, Washington and the slaying of Anthony Martinez in Riverside County, California. Of the seven people believed to be his victims, only two are adults the rest are between the ages of 9 and 13. All but one were bludgeoned to death. Dylan Groene was shot twice.

After prosecutors attempt to build a case for execution by showing a range of aggravating factors they say make the death penalty the appropriate punishment, Duncan can then make his case for life in prison without parole.
     
Duncan can then make his case for life in prison without parole.

Testimony continues Tuesday.
     

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