California attorney seeks Duncan extradition - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

California attorney seeks Duncan extradition

RIVERSIDE COUNTY, Calif.- A spokesman for Riverside County District Attorney said Tuesday that his office plans to proceed with the prosecution of Joseph Edward Duncan in connection with the 1997 murder of a 10-year-old Beaumont boy, despite the objections of Steve Groene.

Groene is the father of Slade and Dylan Groene, both killed by Duncan in 2005, along with Groene's ex-wife Brenda. Groene says extraditing Duncan to California would be a waste of taxpayer money.

This week, a state court sentenced Duncan to three life terms for the three other murders and a federal judge sentenced Duncan to three additional life terms for kidnapping Shasta and sexually abusing Shasta and Dylan.

In a 2007 news conference, Gonzalez said her family supported whatever action the district attorney's office takes, "provided that Joseph Duncan never sees the light of day again, whether that be through death or incarceration for the remainder of his life."

The district attorney's office has said it plans to seek the death penalty against Duncan.

Duncan is in the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service and is being held in a county jail in Idaho.
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