Testimony: Shooting of Dylan Groene not an accident

Testimony: Shooting of Dylan Groene not an accident

Credit: National Center for Missing and Exploited Children

Dylan and Shasta Groene

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by By ALYSON OUTEN / KTVB

NWCN.com

Posted on August 15, 2009 at 1:44 PM

Updated Monday, Sep 28 at 10:20 AM

BOISE - Wednesday's testimony in Boise's Federal Court tried to paint a picture that Joseph Duncan's shooting of Dylan Groene was not an accident.

During a video taped interview shown to jurors yesterday, 8-year old Shasta Groene told a detective Joseph Duncan unintentionally shot her 9-year old brother as he was digging through a container in which the 12-gauge shotgun was being kept.

"He was telling me it was an accident," said Shasta.

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But an FBI firearms expert testified to the contrary Wednesday. After performing several "accidental discharge tests" on the murder weapon, John Webb concluded, "I could not make the gun fire without pulling the trigger."

Shasta witnessed the aftermath of that initial gunshot wound to her brother's abdomen and gave a very graphic description, then said "we couldn't save him."

A forensic pediatrician disagreed. Based on her assessment of the information gathered from Shasta she described the wound as, "a very potentially salvageable injury," said Dr. Sharon Cooper. It was a second gunshot wound to the head which killed Dylan.

In a rare cross-examination, Duncan tried to get the doctor to say her theories about Dylan's injury were based on the exaggerations of a traumatized child.

Dr. Cooper debunked Duncan's notion. During an attempt to ask another question, Duncan simply gave up, saying, "I'm not very good at this."

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