12-03-2007, 02:36 PM #1
CA - Joseph Duncan trial in the murder of Anthony Martinez, 10
Confessed killer Joseph Duncan has pleaded guilty to all 10 federal indictments against him including the kidnapping of Shasta and Dylan Groene. and the murder of Dylan.
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12-03-2007, 03:01 PM #2
12-03-2007, 03:19 PM #3
Duncan appeared in federal court at 9:30 am this morning, wearing an orange jump suit. It was also noted that his hair was much longer and that he had aged considerably in the past year. After the formalities, he asked to read a short statement. In his statement he said that he has never denied or concealed the crimes that he commited, stating that those (not guilty) pleas had been entered for him, not by him.
Read KXLY's Melissa Luck's article here:
12-03-2007, 03:28 PM #4
Convicted killer Joseph Duncan pleaded guilty to 10 federal charges!
I am posting this here as a lot of members don't regularly check the forums that are not that active. Duncan's Federal trial had been scheduled for January, 2008.
This morning at 9:30 am, Joseph E Duncan appeared in a Boise Federal Courtroom and pleaded guilty to all 10 counts against him, including the kidnapping of Shasta and Dylan Groene and the murder of Dylan.
Link to the forum thread:
Praise God that Shasta doesn't have to face and/or testify against this horrific man who put her and her surviving family through a living hell!
(I am hoping that she doesn't have to testify at his sentencing hearing next month! I don't know that as a fact, however.)
12-03-2007, 03:50 PM #5Inactive
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WOW...thanks for the heads up, Liz!...
it's hard to say anything even remotely close to being nice about this monster, BUT i'm glad he 'stepped up to the plate' & did what was right, pleading guilty on all counts...this is very good news!
12-03-2007, 04:14 PM #6Former Member
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That being said...knowing only what we know about this case and not the additional facts that will be presented, I don't know how any jury could not sentence him to death. From the document, Duncan....
- Committed the offense in an especially henious, cruel, and depraved manner, in that it involved torture and serious physical abuse to Dylan
- Killed Dylan after substantial planning and premeditation to cause the death
- Dylan was particularly vulnerable due to youth; Dylan was 9
12-03-2007, 04:25 PM #7
You're welcome, Close!
Idaho4Groenes, yes it was a bit of reliving the nightmare but if you noticed a lot (I mean a lot!) of it was redacted. Only our imaginations can take us to the pure hell and torture that Dylan and Shasta were subjected to.
I'm just so thankful that (in my mind, not a fact) that Shasta will not have to testify. But I'm wondering IF she is going to want to take the stand and make a statement at his sentencing hearing. It might just be cathartic for her, to let him and the sentencing jury know what impact he has had on her life!
Whatever is best for Shasta, is what I pray for!
12-03-2007, 04:56 PM #8Former Member
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I just hope that Shasta did not witness the abuse to Dylan or his death. Perhaps, I am being naive (or just uninformed). I just don't see how that little girl's mind didn't snap with just what she had to endure much less what her brother had to endure.
I think that I read that Duncan described to little Shasta how he murdered her parents and her brother. He is one sick SOB. We can only hope that he'll get his in prison.
12-03-2007, 05:15 PM #9
It was this case that made me question whether or not Satan was indeed a living breathing person. I hope Duncan gives up his doctor-friend...the Svengali that probably received the video pictures of Dylan's death. I will not be satisfied until everyone who touched this case, from people who received the pictures that were undoubtedly disseminated to anyone who harbored Duncan, are dead. I can't conceive Shasta's life even if she is able to move forward...I think that she clearly is special seeing that she lived...and how many of his previous victims are walking around today?
12-03-2007, 07:10 PM #10
The KXLY article was updated this afternoon and now includes an artist's rendition of JED as he sat in the Boise courtroom today. The article also now states that the death penalty was not taken off the table in exchange for JED's confession. I'm happy to learn that!
This turn of events sure is a switch from a few weeks ago when one of his federal attorneys had filed a motion to have all charges against JED dropped!
I'll bet his federal defender was pretty upset that JED decided to confess, rather than put everyone through a lengthy and torturous trial.
12-03-2007, 07:43 PM #11
A fellow websleuther asked me today IF there were any funds set up for Shasta, to help provide for her future education, counseling and needs.
IF anyone desires to make a donation, I posted an update on the State vs Duncan forum and that thread can be found here:
Blessings upon those who are willing to help this remarkable little survivor!
12-03-2007, 07:59 PM #12Registered User
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Actually, this guilt plea puts the trial where it was always going to be -- at the penalty phase. He was always going to be found guilty and after the evidence was revealed in the conviction phase -- the death penalty would have been a given. He didn't want Shasta to testify, not for her sake, but for his own.
He confessed like there was some question of his guilt. This is a pity play.
12-03-2007, 09:11 PM #13
I just heard on KREM news that Shasta may indeed be called as a witness for the sentencing hearing, January 28th.
I hope and pray that Shasta will not be subpoenaed to testify! She has been through far more than any child should ever have to endure! But, IF she is willing and able then I fully support her.
Please Federal Prosecutors --- don't force this child to endure any more emotional trauma than she has already been forced to do!
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12-03-2007, 10:06 PM #14Former Member
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