Death Penalty for Duncan Overturned


A federal appeals court has overturned the death penalty for convicted killer Joseph Duncan. Duncan was given three death penalty sentences in 2008 for the 2005 kidnapping, sexual abuse and torture of 9-year-old Dylan Groene and his 8-year-old sister Shasta, along with Dylan's murder. He snatched the children from a Coeur d'Alene home after killing their brother, mother and her fiance.

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals threw out Duncan's death penalties, saying he should have been given a competency hearing before he was allowed to waive his appeal. The appellate court has ordered a new competency hearing before U.S. District Court Judge Edward Lodge.