Thursday, January 18, 2007

Indicted: Will Plead Not Guilty

Joseph Edward Duncan, III was indicted today by a federal grand jury in Idaho for the kidnappings of the two youngest victims, aged 8 and 9, from Idaho, their sexual abuse, and the murder of one of them. He also faces charges relating to his illegal possession, transportation and use of firearms, as well as the earlier charges of transporting a stolen vehicle. This indictment will allow the feds to seek the death penalty, according to U.S. Attorney Tom Moss.

Roger Peven, Joseph Duncan's defense counsel, has said that his client will plead not guilty on Friday.

News of this indictment was released just hours after Riverside County DA Rod Pacheco announced they intend to charge Joseph Duncan with the kidnapping and murder of Anthony Martinez in 1997. They also plan to seek the death penalty.

The federal charges are as follows:

Count One- Kidnapping Resulting in Death

Count Two- Kidnapping

Count Three- Aggravated Sexual Abuse of a Minor

Count Four- Aggravated Sexual Abuse of a Minor

Count Five- Sexual Exploitation of a Child Resulting in Death

Count Six- Felon in Possession of a Firearm

Count Seven- Using a Firearm During and in Relation to a Crime of Violence Resulting in Death

Count Eight- Transportation of a Stolen Firearm

Count Nine- Possession of an Unregistered Firearm

Count Ten- Transportation of a Stolen Vehicle

¤ The redacted 11-page indictment provided by the Spokesman-Review can be read here.
¤ The 3-page felony complaint from California can be read here, courtesy of KXLY. Also, KXLY's Melissa Luck explains today's developments (video).


bloo said...

I have hope that someone, somewhere along the criminal justice system will put this murdering bastard to death. The sooner the better.

Anonymous said...

I'll vote for the presidential candidate who successfully passes the nationwide 'one strike you're dead' law.