Opening Statements For Duncan On Wednesday

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Judge Edward Lodge has scheduled opening statements for Wednesday in the death penalty sentencing for Joseph Duncan.

The scheduling order follows a productive day for lawyers picking the jury responsible for imposing a punishment on Duncan, who pleaded guilty to 10 federal counts in the 2005 kidnapping of two north Idaho children and the murder of one of them.

By the end of the day Monday, 62 potential jurors had been approved by prosecutors and Duncan, who is acting as his own attorney.

Court rules require a minimum of 59 qualified jurors before lawyers can begin whittling down the list.

Duncan faces the death penalty for kidnapping Shasta Groene and her brother Dylan from their Coeur d’Alene home, and the torture and slaying of Dylan at a Montana campsite.