Jurors cry watching Duncan torture tape


by KREM.com


Posted on August 15, 2009 at 1:44 PM

Updated Monday, Sep 28 at 11:22 AM

BOISE - Several jurors wept and turned away in horror after being shown video of Joseph Duncan torturing Dylan Groene in a remote cabin Montana.

The video was played in court Thursday, despite an objection filed by Steve Groene, the victim's father. The judge in the death penalty case denied Groene's motion that the jury not see the video.

Groene responded in anger by throwing his hat to the floor and storming out of court. Duncan, who is representing himself during his death penalty hearing, also objected to the videotape being showed.

Duncan told Judge Edward Lodge to the video "will turn jurors into my victims and I will be tried by a jury of my victims, not a jury of my peers."

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Three explicitly graphic videos of Dylan Groene and Joseph Duncan were shown to the court, along with nude pictures of the boy.

KREM 2 News reporter Erik Hedlund is in the courtroom covering the trial. It was Hedlund's observation that Duncan became more attentive and watched the videos closely as they were shown.

In the video Duncan said at one point: "The Devil likes to watch children suffer and cry."

At another moment he said to Dylan: "You're okay, God saved you."

Replied Dylan: "Every time I looked up there at you, I got really scared. It felt like I was in Heaven, but I'm not."

At the conclusion of the video Duncan told Dylan that he was going to take him to the hospital and notify authorities of Shasta Groene's whereabouts.