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« Reply #30 on: Jul 15th, 2005, 11:36pm »

Idaho girl's recollections could bury suspect

By NICHOLAS K. GERANIOS
Associated Press writer Friday, July 15, 2005



COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho -- Detailed accounts 8-year-old Shasta Groene gave police about the night her family was murdered, and the six-week ordeal she endured afterward, will likely provide prosecutors a powerful tool in their case against registered sex offender Joseph Edward Duncan III.

According to court records, Shasta's account closely corroborates physical evidence recovered from the crime scenes and Duncan's stolen vehicle.

The sole survivor of the carnage, Shasta recalled the brand name of the hammer used to kill the victims, the fact that some victims had their feet bound while others did not, and that the killer wore dark gloves, according to the records. She called him "Jet," a nickname Duncan, 42, used on his disturbingly violent Web journal.

"Shasta was very specific that Mr. Duncan is the only person responsible for these acts," Kootenai County Sheriff's Det. Brad Maskell said this week at Duncan's probable cause hearing.

Duncan's public defender, John Adams, has repeatedly declined to comment on the case, saying he did not want to hold the trial outside of a courtroom.

Shasta's accounts are astonishing because her past two months have been the stuff of childhood nightmares, a journey into primal fears most people don't encounter except in slasher movies.

A stranger broke into her home and killed her family. She and her brother were abducted and taken deep into the primeval forests of western Montana. For nearly seven weeks Shasta and 9-year-old Dylan endured repeated sexual assaults, according to her account, and at some point Dylan was killed.

Dependent on her abductor for survival, Shasta had little choice but to follow his commands. She was rescued only when employees and customers at a Denny's recognized her and called police early the morning of July 2, saving the child from a real-life monster who rivaled any cinema psychopath.

Duncan, 42, a lifelong sexual predator, this week was charged with three counts of first degree murder and three of first degree kidnappings in the deaths of Shasta's mother Brenda, 13-year-old brother Slade and Mark McKenzie, 37, her mother's boyfriend.

Federal kidnapping and murder charges will be filed later in the abduction of Shasta and the abduction and slaying of Dylan.

Most of the charges carry the possibility of the death penalty.

Shasta's statements to police were released this week as part of the probable-cause hearing for Duncan. In them:

* Shasta accurately described how the three in the house were bound with zip-ties and duct tape, including the fact that Brenda and McKenzie had both hands and feet bound. Slade Groene had only his hands bound. Detectives found an empty zip tie bag in the stolen Jeep Duncan was driving.

* Shasta said Duncan allegedly asked McKenzie if he had any money and McKenzie told him his wallet was in the living room. McKenzie's wallet and checkbook were found in the Jeep, Maskell said.

* Duncan wore dark gloves while in the house, Shasta told officers. Maskell said dark gloves were found in Duncan's vehicle.

* Shasta told investigators that Duncan carried a shoulder-style weapon to get the drop on the adults, indicating a shotgun, Maskell said. Investigators found a 12-gauge shotgun in the Jeep and a red shotgun shell, which Shasta had described, in the house.

* While in Montana, Duncan showed Shasta a FatMax brand hammer, made by The Stanley Group, and told her he used it to kill the others, Maskell said. Authorities bought a similar hammer, and matched tool markings on it to the wounds on the victims' skulls, Maskell said. Authorities have not said whether they recovered the weapon, but Maskell's testimony would seem to indicate they had not.

* Shasta said Duncan told her he used night vision goggles to case the family's rural house for two or three nights, according to court records. Night vision goggles were found in the Jeep

* Shasta referred to Duncan only as "Jet." That is a nickname Duncan used on his blog "Blogging the Fifth Nail," in which he railed at the humiliations of being a registered sex offender and said he planned to commit a violent act.

A native of Tacoma, Wash., Duncan has spent much of his adult life in prison for sexually assaulting a 14-year-old boy at gunpoint. He was released from prison in 2000 and moved to Fargo, N.D., to attend North Dakota State University.

He was released on $15,000 bail earlier this year in Becker County, Minn., after being charged with molesting a 6-year-old boy, and was on the run when he was captured.

Shasta is now in the custody of her father, Steve, but her nightmare is far from over. She may end up testifying against Duncan.

Despite her age, the details Shasta has provided are "extremely powerful," said Jim Sweetser, the former prosecutor in adjacent Spokane County, Wash.

"If I was the defense attorney on this case, with everything I see, I would be looking to try and avoid the death penalty sentence," Sweetser said.

The images the child has witnessed are likely seared into her brain, and will be easier to recall in a courtroom, Sweetser said. Shasta will also be motivated by a desire to help her slain mother and brothers, Sweetser said.

"I don't think you could have a better witness," Sweetser said.

Duncan is not likely to cut a sympathetic figure for a jury, thanks to his extensive criminal history and blog.

"I have decided to give up on trying to convince people that I am a real person, with honest and good intentions, not some evil monster they should be afraid of," he wrote.

"My intent is to harm society as much as I can, then die," Duncan wrote.

Christian Phelps, a criminal defense lawyer in Spokane, said Duncan's attorney will also have to walk a very fine line in trying to cross-examine Shasta and punch holes in her story without alienating the jury.

"The child is going to be awfully sympathetic to the jury," Phelps said. "It's a very, very tough position for a defense attorney."

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« Reply #31 on: Jul 15th, 2005, 11:38pm »

Friday, July 15, 2005
Slain boy to be buried on his 10th birthday

By Nicholas K. Geranios

The Associated Press


COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho — A memorial service for Dylan Groene, whose remains were found in western Montana seven weeks after he was abducted from his home near here, is scheduled for tomorrow, the day he would have turned 10, his relatives say.

The boy and his sister Shasta, 8, were abducted on May 16 after three members of the household were bludgeoned to death.

Shasta was recognized by customers and staff at a Denny's restaurant here on July 2 and the man with her was arrested.

That man, Joseph Edward Duncan III, 42, a registered sex offender, has been charged with three counts of murder and three counts of kidnapping in the deaths at the family's rural home.

Duncan has been held without bail since his arrest.

The Fargo, N.D., resident was released on $15,000 bail earlier this year after being charged with molesting a 6-year-old boy in Minnesota. Police in Fargo had been looking for Duncan since May, when he failed to check in with a probation agent.

The Pacific Northwest Inlander, a free weekly based in Spokane, reported yesterday that law enforcement officers recovered a video camcorder from Duncan's vehicle that contained footage of him abusing and threatening to kill the two children during their captivity in western Montana.

The newspaper cited unidentified sources "working various aspects of the case" for the information. The FBI, U.S. Attorney's office in Boise and Kootenai County prosecutor and sheriff's offices all declined to comment on the report Thursday. Sheriff Rocky Watson said previously he believes the motive for the attack on the family was to acquire the two young children for sex.

Public defender John Adams said he has not yet received any information from law enforcement officers on what was found in the Jeep, and is upset by rumors involving his client.

"The vast majority of people want trial by rule of law in courtrooms," Adams said, not "trial by press and anonymous sources."


In Idaho, Duncan faces three counts of first-degree murder and three counts of first-degree kidnapping in the slayings of Brenda Groene, 40, her 13-year-old son Slade and her 37-year-old boyfriend Mark McKenzie. Federal prosecutors have said they will bring federal kidnapping and murder charges against him in the abduction of Shasta and Dylan Groene, and the slaying of Dylan.

On Wednesday, Steve Groene, father of the children, asked a judge to allow 18-year-old Jesse Groene out of jail to attend tomorrow's memorial service. First District Judge John Mitchell granted the request.

Jesse Groene is serving a six-month sentence for burglary, and is in the Shoshone County Jail in Wallace awaiting transport to a state prison.

Dylan Groene's remains were found at a primitive campsite in Montana's Lolo National Forest on July 4. Information from Shasta led authorities to the scene.

Authorities have released no details about how Dylan was killed, and have refused to confirm media reports that his remains were found burned.

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xx Re: Shasta & Dylan Groene - May 17, 2005 ID
« Reply #32 on: Jul 18th, 2005, 08:27am »

COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho -- The level of violence committed against 8-year-old Shasta Groene and her family is a very rare phenomenon.

There are triple murders around the country. There are also children who are abducted by sexual predators. There are children who are held in captivity and repeatedly raped. There are children who are abducted, raped and killed.

And there are miraculous rescues of a child, such as Elizabeth Smart, who is physically unharmed despite a long time with a kidnapper.

But it is virtually unprecedented for all of the above to occur in one case.

Larry Upchurch of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children said even the alleged motive - a child molester murdering adults so he could steal their children - is unheard of.



"We do not have any data on that type," Upchurch said.

Kidnappings rarely result in deaths, and when they do it is usually one parent killing another in a nasty custody dispute, Upchurch said.

While there have been few studies on the subject, experts contend kidnapping by strangers remains relatively rare.

About half the nation's reported kidnappings involve a parent or other relative, and are often the result of a custody dispute, according to a U.S. Department of Justice report in 2000.

Only in 24 percent of kidnappings is the abductor a stranger, and only in a handful of cases is a victim killed, as 9-year-old Dylan Groene was. The data was based on 1,214 reported kidnappings in 1997.

Also, a 1997 report by the Washington state attorney general estimated that only about 100 children were killed in kidnappings each year in the United States.

Among this rare group of killers, the Washington report said 57 percent are strangers, 85 percent are unmarried and most are unemployed or underemployed, and had prior records for violent crimes. The report found 57 percent of victims of child abduction murder were chosen at random.


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« Reply #33 on: Jul 18th, 2005, 2:16pm »

Bikers Empty Pockets for Shasta Groene
Monday, July 18, 2005

STATELINE, Idaho — Well-wishers arrived on more than 500 Harley-Davidsons and other motorcycles to empty their pockets on behalf of the biker's daughter who survived a horrific abduction.

About 1,000 people attended the six-hour benefit Sunday to aid Shasta Kay Groene (search), 8. Cash poured into a box at the front door of Cruiser's bar and grill, a biker hangout in this town just east of the Washington state line. Total receipts were not announced.

"I watched one guy walk up, open his wallet and dump everything but $5 into the box," said Prospect Bryce, who guarded the donation box for the Northwest Idaho chapter of the Vietnam Veterans Motorcycle Club (search). "I've been watching people drop, not small bills but large bills, $100s, $20s."

The girl's father, Steven Vincent Groene, 48, part of the north Idaho biker community, stood at the front of an impromptu receiving line under a hot sun for more than five hours.

"You say bikers and people think of gangs, but these people are the best people in the world," Groene said. "These people step up for anything and everything."

The event was held a day after more than 700 people filled the Real Life Ministries (search) building in nearby Post Falls for a memorial to the girl's brother, Dylan James "D.J." Groene, whose remains were found in a remote area in western Montana.

Their mother, Brenda Kay Groene, 40; an older brother, Slade Vincent Groene, 13, and the mother's boyfriend, Mark Edward McKenzie, 37, were beaten to death late May 15 or early May 16 at the family home east of Coeur d'Alene.

Joseph Edward Duncan III, 42, a convicted sex offender, has been accused of killing the three at the home, abducting the two younger children and later killing Dylan.

Shasta and Duncan were found at a Denny's restaurant in Coeur d'Alene on July 2. Shasta told investigators Duncan sexually assaulted her and Dylan repeatedly, according to prosecutors.

While it is The Associated Press' policy not to identify alleged victims of sexual assault in most cases, the search for Shasta and her brother was so heavily publicized that their names were already widely known.

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« Reply #34 on: Jul 27th, 2005, 06:46am »

COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho, July 26 (UPI) -- Idaho authorities could shut down a Coeur d'Alene day-care center because the owner's husband, a registered sex offender, has been seen in the parking lot.

The Coeur d'Alene Press reports that one of the conditions of Misty Krous's license for Happy Days Child Care was that her husband never set foot there. Stephen Krous's probation conditions also include staying away from anyone under the age of 18.

Krous was convicted in 2001 of fondling an 11-year-old girl at his home. At the time, his wife was operating the Loving Hands Day Care Center out of the house, but she closed it down after her husband was charged.

A former employee of the new day-care center told the newspaper she had seen Krous in the parking lot a couple of times waiting for his wife. She said she did not realize at the time that he was a convicted sex offender.

Krous received a 10-year suspended sentence and was given 180 days in the county jail and five years on probation.

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« Reply #35 on: Jul 30th, 2005, 6:29pm »

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In the warm July night, Bob Dilley was wide awake. Instead of focusing on sleep, his mind wandered to the attention paid to Shasta Groene’s story. Media outlets, from national news magazines to local network affiliates, were breaking stories on every aspect of the young girl’s abduction and eventual rescue at a local Denny’s restaurant.
“It got me thinking. I have two little girls, and the entire time I watched Shasta’s story play out on TV, I was thinking of them.” said Dilley “What happened to Shasta could have happened to my daughters or any other child out there. I couldn’t sleep all night, so I got up and wrote an e-mail to some people I know ... just telling them how much Shasta’s experience got me thinking.”

From Dilley’s insomnia and e-mails came an idea. “...What if Shasta received a trust fund, protected money she could use for education and health care, from money collected from a community fundraiser? What if this fundraiser could help heal a community scarred by Shasta’s story and work to protect our children even more? That’s how we started Protect the Innocents.”

On August 13 from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., Protect the Innocence, a community fundraiser for Shasta Groene, will take place at the Greyhound Park in Post Falls.

Among other things, the event will feature live bands, self defense classes, food vendors and a silent auction, with all proceeds to benefit Shasta Groene.

At present, everything for Protect the Innocents, from prizes to the use of Greyhound Park, has been donated.

“It’s progressed so rapidly. The event is now kind of happening on its own,” said Dilley, explaining that while advertising and fundraising have not officially started, Protect the Innocence had already received more than $30,000 in donations.

Dilley referenced recent local stories, such as John Rollins Tuggle, the father who allegedly stabbed his daughter and left her to die in the mountains near Shoshone County last Wednesday.

“Crimes against children are an issue both nationally and locally. Protect the Innocents is a way of turning emotional energy into action. We want to make this the biggest thing to hit North Idaho. It’s a matter of importance. It’s a way to improve things for our children.”
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« Reply #36 on: Aug 4th, 2005, 12:18pm »

Idaho suspect tied to ’97 California slaying

Duncan’s fingerprint links him to old case, Riverside sheriff says

Updated: 7:14 p.m. ET Aug. 3, 2005
Idaho kidnapping and murder suspect Joseph Edward Duncan III is under investigation in the 1997 kidnapping and killing of a 10-year-old Beaumont, Calif., boy, the Riverside County sheriff said Wednesday.

Duncan, 42, is linked by a single fingerprint to the scene of the killing of Anthony Martinez, Sheriff Bob Doyle told a press conference in Riverside, 60 miles east of Los Angeles.

Duncan was arrested last month for investigation of bludgeoning to death three people at a home near Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, and kidnapping Shasta Groene, 8, and her brother Dylan, 9, on May 16. Duncan was seized when people at a restaurant recognized the girl with him. Dylan’s body was later found in Montana.

Confirmation of the fingerprint match was received Monday, the sheriff said.

“We’re pretty confident that he’s our suspect. ... This is huge,” Doyle said. “We followed up 15,000 leads over eight years. You can imagine the elation that everybody has.”

On April 4, 1997, Anthony was forced into a white car in the town of Beaumont as his friends watched. The children were playing when a stranger offered them a dollar to help find his lost cat. Sixteen days later, the boy’s nude, bound body was found in a desert area about 70 miles to the east.

Blue-eyed stranger
The kidnapper was described at the time as blue-eyed and mustachioed, but efforts to track him down proved fruitless despite the extremely high profile of the case. Before the end of that April, authorities had evaluated more than 100 people as suspects.

Anthony’s kidnapping united Beaumont, a small town on Interstate 10 in the inland region east of Los Angeles. Yellow ribbons were tied to trees and thousands of fliers with sketches of the suspect were handed out.

After circling vultures led a ranger to Anthony’s remains in Berdoo Canyon in the Indio Hills, residents of Beaumont wept and prayed, and authorities vowed to capture the killer.

“I know we’re going to get this guy,” then-Sheriff Larry Smith pledged at the time.

Idaho, federal cases
Duncan has been charged in Idaho with kidnapping and murdering Shasta’s mother, Brenda Groene, 40, as well as the woman’s son Slade, 13, and her boyfriend Mark McKenzie, 37, at their home outside Coeur d’Alene.

Idaho had charged Duncan with kidnapping Shasta and Dylan from the home, but the state dropped those counts in anticipation of the federal government charging him with kidnapping the two children and with killing Dylan.

Federal prosecutors have said they will file charges in the abduction of the children and Dylan’s death.

Authorities have also said Shasta and Dylan were sexually assaulted.

While it is The Associated Press’ policy not to identify alleged victims of sexual assault in most cases, the search for Shasta and her brother was so heavily publicized that their names are widely known.

History of violence
Duncan was sentenced to 20 years in prison for sexually assaulting a 14-year-old boy in Tacoma, Wash., in 1980. The term was suspended and he was put into sex offender treatment at a state hospital, but 22 months later officials said the treatment wasn’t working. He was resentenced in 1982 and served 14 years.

At the time of his arrest, Duncan was a fugitive charged with molesting a 6-year-old boy in Minnesota.

Duncan reportedly has admitted committing his first act of sexual assault 30 years ago, preying on a 5-year-old boy when he was just 12.

Duncan’s records reveal a history of inflicting violence and sexual torture upon others, particularly young boys, with his crimes escalating in their seriousness. His past shows a series of failed treatments and refusal to comply with therapists and law enforcement officials who tried to correct his behavior, which mental health evaluators diagnosed in 1980 as consistent with an antisocial personality and a sexual deviant, the Seattle Times reported.
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« Reply #37 on: Aug 6th, 2005, 11:35am »


BY LANCE PUGMIRE AND SAM HOWE VERHOVEK

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RIVERSIDE, Calif. - "I got out and I got even, but did not get caught," the blogger wrote earlier this year, describing his losing battle with the "demons" that he said had driven him to rape and murder children.

"I got even twice," he added, "actually more."

How many times more?

Authorities in California and at least four other states are now asking that question about Joseph Edward Duncan III.

A convicted child-rapist from Washington state who was released from prison in 2000, Duncan, now 42, became a dean's-list computer-science student in North Dakota. Then, this spring, he jumped bail and disappeared after being accused of molesting a 6-year-old boy last year at a school playground in Detroit Lakes, Minn.

He surfaced in July at a Denny's restaurant in the Idaho panhandle city of Coeur d'Alene, where an alert waitress on the overnight shift recognized the girl with him, Shasta Groene, 8, as a kidnap victim whose face was on "missing" posters around town. Duncan was arrested and has been charged with kidnapping the child and murdering her 9-year-old brother, Dylan.

He is also charged with killing Shasta Groene's mother, Brenda, her 13-year-old brother, Slade, and Brenda Groene's boyfriend, Mark McKenzie, who were bound inside their rural Idaho home, and apparently killed with a claw hammer.

On Tuesday, authorities in Riverside County, Calif., announced that Duncan has become the prime suspect in the 1997 molestation and killing of 10-year-old Anthony Martinez, whose disappearance from outside his home in Beaumont, Calif., generated widespread attention at the time and had remained unsolved.

Now, authorities in several states, reacting to the news of Duncan's apparent role in the California killing, said they are combing credit-card records and other evidence of his whereabouts to look for links to unsolved crimes. In addition to the investigations in California, Idaho and Minnesota, officials in Washington state are examining the possibility that Duncan may have committed additional crimes there. He is also being investigated by authorities from Montana, where Dylan Groene's body was found.

Even before the announcement of his link to the killing in California, Duncan's case had stirred widespread anger in the states where he was already a suspect. The anger became especially fierce after the Minnesota judge who allowed him out of jail this spring on a $15,000 bond conceded that he was not fully aware of Duncan's criminal history in Washington, where he was convicted in the 1980 gunpoint rape of a 14-year-old boy.

No one has pieced together all of Duncan's moves, but authorities have identified him as the web log author who alternately boasted of and bewailed his violent propensities as he eluded arrest this year.

Duncan's criminal record began with the 1980 rape. He was arrested near Tacoma, Wash., for stealing guns from a neighbor's house and then twice raping the 14-year-old.

In court records, he was quoted as telling doctors he had raped 13 younger boys, first doing so, he said, at the age of 12.

In 1982, the state Board of Prison Terms and Paroles classified him as "a sexual psychopath, not safe to be at large and not amenable to treatment."

But by 1994, having served 14 years of his 20-year term, Duncan was released under parole conditions that included abstinence from alcohol and drugs, periodic mental-health evaluations, and "no contact with minor children without the prior approval of his community corrections officer."

He was reincarcerated twice for failing drug tests; during one of his periods out of prison, authorities said, he went to California to visit his father, Joseph Jr., in the San Bernardino town of Highland -- 22 miles northwest of Beaumont.

Riverside County Sheriff Bob Doyle said the killing of Martinez appears to coincide with that visit.

Authorities became aware of Duncan's possible link to the killing July 14 when he was asked by FBI agents in Idaho if he had been involved in any other crimes. Duncan told the agents that he had a connection to the Martinez case.

He declined to be interviewed when Riverside County Sheriff's detectives rushed to Coeur d'Alene to interview him. But Tuesday, authorities announced they had matched Duncan's thumbprint to one found on the duct tape used to bind the 10-year-old boy's mouth, legs and hands before his body was buried in a shallow grave in a remote canyon near Indio.

As investigators continue to examine Duncan's past, one unsolved case that has drawn particular interest in the Seattle area is the abduction and murder of two girls, Sammie Jo White, 11, and her sister, Carmen Cubias, 9, who disappeared in 1996 not far from where Duncan was living at the time. Their bodies were discovered several months later.

A spokesman for the King County Sheriff's office in Seattle said Thursday there were "some similarities" between those crimes and the way in which Duncan apparently killed his victims after some period of brutalization. An investigation so far had failed to either "eliminate or include him" as a suspect, the spokesman added.
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« Reply #38 on: Aug 13th, 2005, 4:26pm »

COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho -- The lawyer for sexual predator Joseph Edward Duncan III wants law enforcement officers to stop asking his client if he is involved in the slayings of children in other parts of the country.

Duncan is charged with killing three people near Coeur d'Alene in a scheme to kidnap and molest two children. Since his arrest, he has been implicated in the death of a boy in Southern California.

Public Defender John Adams recently persuaded 1st District Judge John Luster to issue a temporary order prohibiting jailers from approaching Duncan with requests from law enforcement agencies for interviews.

Adams complained to Luster that even though Duncan had invoked his right to remain silent, jailers are pestering his client with interview requests.

Deputy Kootenai Prosecutor Lansing Haynes said Duncan's right to an attorney is specific to the charges against him in Coeur d'Alene, and that he doesn't necessarily have a right to an attorney if questioned on other cases.

But Adams countered that the right to remain silent applies to all cases, charged or not.

Even though the judge's order has since been lifted, Kootenai County Sheriff Rocky Watson said, his deputies will honor Adams' request.

"This is not a big deal to us," he said. "We don't want to talk to him. We don't want to give him any excuse to appeal."

Duncan, 42, was arrested early the morning of July 2. He has been charged with killing Brenda Groene, her boyfriend Mark McKenzie and her 13-year-old son Slade. The federal government plans to charge him with kidnapping Shasta Groene, 8, and Dylan Groene, 9, and killing Dylan.

Duncan is scheduled to be arraigned on the murder charges Aug. 23 in state court in Coeur d'Alene. He is expected to enter a plea, and a trial date will be set.

After his arrest, Duncan spoke with authorities about the deaths of two Seattle girls and a Riverside County, Calif., boy. Officials have stopped short of calling those comments confessions, but said Duncan provided detailed descriptions of the cases.

Adams declined to comment on any connection between Duncan and the 1996 Seattle-area killings of Sammiejo White, 11, and her sister, Carmen Cubias, 9, or the 1997 slaying of 10-year-old Anthony Martinez of Riverside County.
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« Reply #39 on: Nov 27th, 2005, 9:11pm »

By NICHOLAS K. GERANIOS

COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho — The murder trial of registered sex offender Joseph E. Duncan III was pushed back nearly three months Wednesday after defense lawyers asked for more time to prepare.

First District Judge Fred Gibler vacated the Jan. 17 date and set a new date of April 4 for the trial.

"The defendant has a right to be able to prepare for trial and review the evidence to be used against him," Gibler said.

Public defender John Adams said the volume of discovery material was so large that his office has not been able to process all of it. Adams said investigators gave the defense 17,000 pages of documents; 125 CDs, DVDs and cassettes; and 200 gigabytes of computer material from investigators.

The defenders have four people working to sort it all out, Adams said.

Kootenai County Prosecutor Bill Douglas opposed the delay, in part because his office already has issued 41 subpoenas to witnesses for the previous trial date.

"The families of the victims would like to see the Jan. 17 trial date," Douglas said, though he added that the motion for more time was not unexpected and that the families would understand.

Gibler also granted a defense request for extension of the deadline for attorneys to file motions in the case, from Nov. 30 to Jan. 17.

Duncan was arrested at a Coeur d'Alene restaurant July 2 in the company of 8-year-old Shasta Groene, who had been missing since her mother, brother and her mother's boyfriend were killed May 16.

Duncan, 42, of Fargo, N.D., is charged with three counts of first-degree murder in their deaths. He has pleaded not guilty, and prosecutors are seeking the death penalty.

Authorities allege Duncan killed Brenda Groene, her 13-year-old son Slade and her boyfriend, Mark McKenzie, in their home so he could kidnap Shasta and her brother Dylan Groene, 9, for sex.

Federal prosecutors have said they intend to charge Duncan later with kidnapping the two children and killing Dylan, whose remains were found at a remote Montana camp site.

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COEUR D'ALENE -- Shasta Groene, the lone survivor of a kidnapping attack on a northern Idaho family last May, may testify against the registered sex offender charged in the murders

Prosecutors want a nine-year-old girl to testify against the man accused of killing her two brothers, her mother and the mother's boyfriend.

But, authorities want to keep Shasta Groene from having to face Joseph Duncan.

Court documents indicate Shasta didn't see her 13-year-old brother, mother and the boyfriend killed in their home last spring. But she told investigators Duncan talked about the deaths.

Police arrested the convicted sex offender after a waitress spotted Shasta with him at a restaurant. Police found the remains of Shasta's nine-year-old brother at a campsite in Montana, where

authorities believe Duncan abused the children.

A prosecutor is asking a judge to let Shasta testify by alternative means. In other sex-abuse cases, children have testified from behind a screen or via closed-circuit TV.

Duncan has pleaded innocent to three counts of murder.

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COEUR d'ALENE, Idaho The lawyer for Idaho triple murder suspect Joseph Duncan says the release of his client's statements yesterday could add decades to the case.
Public Defender John Adams is saying Duncan made the statements without a lawyer present.

If Duncan is convicted, Adams says the appeals could last many years.

Prosecutors in Idaho's Kootenai (KOOT'-nee) County say Duncan never invoked his right to remain silent.

The registered sex offender is charged in the May 2005 murders of Brenda Groene (GRO'-nee), her son Slade Groene and boyfriend Mark Edward McKenzie, and the kidnapping of two children.

Groene's eight-year-old daughter, Shasta, was rescued when Duncan was arrested at a restaurant in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. Shasta's brother, Dylan, was found dead at a campsite in western Montana.

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