Court to Hear Appeal in Stabbing Death of Local Woman

Henry Earl Duncan was convicted of the 1984 murder of Josephine Eileen DeBaun.

A state appellate court panel is set next month to hear the latest appeal filed on behalf of a man convicted of the 1984 murder of a Redondo Beach woman who was his supervisor at a restaurant at Los Angeles International Airport.

A three-justice panel from California's Second District Court of Appeal is scheduled May 22 to hear oral arguments in the case of Henry Earl Duncan.

Duncan was initially sentenced to death for the Nov. 13, 1984, stabbing death of Josephine Eileen DeBaun, 28, during the course of a robbery at the International Host Restaurant, where both worked.

But a three-justice panel from the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals reversed the special circumstance allegation of murder during the course of a robbery and vacated his death sentence.

In November 2010, a Torrance Superior Court jury again found true the robbery special circumstance allegation.

The District Attorney's Office opted not to seek the death penalty for a second time against Duncan, who was sentenced in December 2010 to life in prison without the possibility of parole.


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