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Child killer back in Idaho for competency hearing

   BOISE, Idaho (AP) -- A convicted child killer who waived his right to appeal
his death sentence is back in Idaho for a competency hearing in federal court to
determine if he was mentally competent in 2008 when he waived his rights.
   The Idaho Statesman reports that 49-year-old Joseph Edward Duncan III
arrived in Boise Thursday afternoon and is being held in solitary confinement at
the Ada County Jail.    Duncan was sentenced to death in 2008 after admitting
he kidnapped and tortured two northern Idaho children before killing one of them
in Montana.
   He gave up his appeals, but his former attorneys fought the sentence on his
behalf, and last year the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ordered a retroactive
competency hearing.
   The newspaper reports the hearing is set for next week.
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   Information from: Idaho Statesman
   AP-WF-01-05-13 1621GMT

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