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Convicted Serial Killer Joseph Duncan is back in the Ada County jail while awaiting a court ruling about his competency level. In 2008, Duncan chose to represent himself and plead guilty in the murder case of 9-year-old Dylan Groene in 2005. Duncan kidnapped Dylan and his sister Shasta after the murder of their mother, brother and their mother's fiancée. The three victims were beaten to death with a hammer in their home near Coeur d'Alene. After being sentenced to death, Duncan then waived his right to appeal the sentence. Against his wishes, lawyers have filed an appeal stating that Duncan suffers from distorted religious views, was abused as a child, and may have a personality disorder, all of which could indicate that he did not understand the consequences of waiving his appeal.
Boone, R. (2013, January 14). Duncan’s Defense Attorneys Request Closed Court. http://www.idahostatesman.com/2013/01/14/2412329/duncans-defense-attorneys-request.html
Cuniff, M. (2013, January 12). Ada County Jailer Testifies at Joseph Duncan Hearing. http://www.idahostatesman.com/2013/01/12/2409527/duncan-hearing-security-boosted.html
Cuniff, M. (2013, January 8). Serial Killer Joseph Duncan ‘cordial’ in ’08 FBI Interviews. http://www.idahostatesman.com/2013/01/08/2404969/serial-killer-joseph-duncans-competency.html