A 58-year-old man who was dealing with execution for terrorizing an Idaho household — torturing and murdering a 9-year-old boy after additionally killing his brother, mother, and his mother’s boyfriend — has died of brain cancer, officers stated.
Joseph Edward Duncan III, who was sentenced to death in 2008, died Sunday on death row on the Terra Haute Federal Correctional Establishment, in line with an announcement from the US Justice Division.
He had been identified with stage 4 brain cancer.
On Could 16, 2005, Duncan murdered Dylan Groene’s mom, Brenda, his 13-year-old brother Slade and his mother’s boyfriend Mark McKenzie at their dwelling simply exterior of Coeur d’Alene.
Duncan then kidnapped Dylan and his 8-year-old sister and took them into the Lolo Nationwide Forest in Montana, the place he tortured each of them and murdered the boy.
He was collared after the woman was recovered July 3, 2005, at a Denny’s restaurant in Coeur d’Alene, officers stated.
In 2006, Duncan pleaded responsible in state court docket to the murders of the household, however his sentencing was stayed pending the federal prosecution for his crimes in opposition to the 2 youthful youngsters.
Duncan later pleaded responsible to the crimes in opposition to the children in December 2007.
In 2011, he additionally pled responsible in a California state court docket for the 1997 homicide of 10-year-old Anthony Martinez and was sentenced to 2 life sentences.
Duncan additionally admitted to allegedly killing two sisters, aged 11 and 9 years outdated, in 1996 in Bothell, Washington — however was by no means prosecuted as a result of sentences he had already acquired.
US District Courtroom Decide Edward Lodge imposed the death sentence after the jury returned a verdict of death on all three counts for which Duncan was eligible.
“The solar is brighter at the moment, and my soul is lighter,” Anthony’s mom, Diana, stated, in line with an announcement by the Riverside County District Legal professional’s Workplace.
“The world is a extra stunning place with out the evil that’s Joseph Duncan. God selected to make his finish a protracted struggling and I consider that’s becoming. The horror of his ideas consumed him,” she added.
Anthony’s father Ernesto stated: “Whereas I might’ve preferred to witness his execution, understanding he’s now standing earlier than God being held accountable for what he has executed, what he did to my son, and the horrible crimes he dedicated to others, that’s the actual justice.”
Anthony was taking part in in a neighbor’s yard together with his youthful brother and a few friends when he was kidnapped by Duncan on April 4, 1997, officers stated.
“Duncan first tried to seize Anthony’s brother, however he freed himself. As Anthony intervened, Duncan grabbed him, held a knife to his head, and compelled him right into a automotive and drove away,” the assertion stated.
After his arrest in the Idaho case, DNA linked him to Anthony’s homicide, which occurred whereas Duncan was on parole for a rape cost in Washington state, KXLY reported.
He hatched a scheme to kidnap the kids in Idaho, shopping for evening imaginative and prescient goggles and stalking the household. He recorded many of his horrific crimes in opposition to the Groene children.
One veteran investigator stated the chilling video “shook him to his core,” KXLY reported.
“This crime was horrendous and its impression on the households, the group, the jurors, court docket workers, our litigation group, and legislation enforcement have been far reaching,” stated Appearing US Legal professional Rafael M. Gonzalez Jr.
“Whereas his death won’t carry again the lives lower so tragically brief or take away the indelible reminiscences of his unspeakable acts, maybe death will now enable house for a point of therapeutic, peace, and closure,” he added.