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Prosecution and defense rest in Duncan sentencing hearing

Joseph Edward Duncan III Joseph Edward Duncan III
BOISE, Idaho. - Federal prosecutors have finished presenting evidence in their death sentencing case against convicted killer Joseph Edward Duncan III.
     

Previous Coverage

- Retired Bothell officer testifies at Duncan hearing in Boise
- Second phase of sentencing opens in Duncan case
- 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


Duncan, who is representing himself, has declined to present any witnesses on his own behalf.

That means a federal jury will hear closing arguments Wednesday and then begin deliberations on whether Duncan should spend life in prison without parole or be executed for his crimes.

Duncan faces the death penalty for kidnapping two northern Idaho children in 2005, and slaying one of them at a remote campsite in Montana's Lolo National Forest.
     
Duncan pleaded guilty to 10 federal counts in December in the abduction of Dylan and Shasta Groene. Dylan, 9, was later tortured then shot directly in the face.
     
Last week, the jury unanimously decided that Duncan should be eligible for the death penalty.

 
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