Judge dismisses Duncan's appeal notice - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Judge dismisses Duncan's appeal notice

BOISE, Idaho. - Convicted killer Joseph Edward Duncan III says he does not want to appeal any part of his death penalty case and understands the implications of waiving his right to do so.

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- Convicted child killer Duncan files appeal notice

- House where Duncan victims died to be demolished

U.S. District Judge Edward Lodge accepted Duncan's answers during a hearing Monday, then dismissed the appeal notice filed earlier this month by Duncan's standby legal team.

Duncan, 45, was given three death sentences and three life terms in August for the 2005 kidnapping, sexual abuse and torture of two north Idaho children and the murder of one of them.

He was also given six life terms in state court for bludgeoning to death the children's older brother, mother and her fiance at their Coeur d'Alene home.

Lodge called the hearing to determine whether Duncan wanted to appeal any part of his case to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

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