From the AP:
BOISE, Idaho (AP) -- A man who kidnapped, raped, tortured and murdered a 9-year-old Idaho boy was deemed eligible for the death penalty by a jury on Friday, soon after the killer himself came close to thanking prosecutors for showing the panel sickening videos of him abusing the child.
The jury deliberated for two hours before issuing its unanimous ruling. When the hearing resumes next week, jurors must decide whether Joseph Edward Duncan III should be put to death for killing Dylan Groene in 2005.
Friday's verdict was not surprising after Duncan's closing argument, in which he told the jurors they didn't yet "have a clue" about the depths of his "heinousness."
While I am suspicious of the death penalty this is one man who is the best candidate for the death penalty because of how dangerous he would be if he ever escaped from prison. He expresssed that his plan was to go on a violent rampage which would end in his death. When someone doesn't care about any human life, even his own, and has proven his willingness to kill and torture that person is someone we must ensure never gets a chance to escape.
Identification is clearly not an issue. Neither is guilt.
The only questions are how many more people beyond Dylan Groene and his family members Duncan murdered and why with his history of violence he wasn't still in prison at the time this crime began.
Duncan has a long string of arrests and convictions for crimes ranging from car theft to rape and molestation. He is suspected in the slayings of two half-sisters from Seattle in 1996 and is charged with killing a young boy in Riverside County, Calif., in 1997.
In his statements Duncan seemed delighted to take credit for torturing a boy and making his sister watch even as his words blame most of his victims because of his positive words for Dylan's sister who he didn't kill.
Whether he is telling the truth about planning to release her alive is unknown, but he seems egocentric enough to want a witness to tell people about his horrific actions.
Since Duncan is acting as his own lawyer if Shasta Groene testifies Duncan will have the right to cross-examine her. Unless she feels that confronting this man will help her in some way I hope she doesn't testify.