- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 2, 2016

BOISE, Idaho (AP) - The U.S. Supreme Court has denied a petition to hear an appeal from a man sentenced to death for kidnapping, torturing and killing a young northern Idaho boy after killing several members of his family.

Joseph Edward Duncan III faces the death penalty for the 2005 murder of 9-year-old Dylan Groene. He also faces several life sentences for the murder of three family members and the kidnapping of his then-8-year-old sister.

The high court’s action Monday lets stand a judge’s 2013 finding that Duncan was competent when he waived his right to appeal after representing himself at his sentencing hearing.

That finding was also affirmed in March 2015 by a federal appellate court. The court said a lower court had correctly found Duncan competent and said it was too late to change his mind.

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