O.J. Simpson gets 15 years

Friday, December 05, 2008

Judge said  “The evidence in this case was overwhelming,”

8_68_120508_oj10O.J. Simpson was sentenced Friday to 15 years in prison for armed robbery and kidnapping in a failed attempt to recover sports memorabilia from two collectibles peddlers.

There will be the possibility of parole after six years, Judge Jackie Glass said.

His co-defendant Clarence “C.J.” Stewart received the same sentence.

Before the judge handed down his sentence, Simpson apologized to her and the Las Vegas court after learning he won’t be able to be freed on bail if he appeals.

Simpson appeared for his sentencing in a blue prison jumpsuit, shackles and handcuffs.

“I stand before you today sorry,” an emotional Simpson told Glass, fighting back tears. “I am apologetic to the people of Nevada. … When I came here, I came here for a wedding. I didn’t come to reclaim property.”

He said he thought he was taking advantage of an opportunity to retrieve items that were rightfully his.

“In no way did I mean to hurt anybody, to steal anything from anyone,” Simpson said. “I didn’t want anybody else’s stuff. I just wanted my own. I realize that I was stupid. I am sorry. I didn’t know that I was doing anything illegal. I thought I was retrieving property from friends. I’m sorry, I’m sorry for all of it.”

To read the full story click  [HERE]

Update Jessica Lumsford: John Couey Receives Death Sentence for the Murder of Jessica Lunsford

Friday, August 24, 2007

Fox News – A Florida judge sentenced John Couey to death Friday for kidnapping, raping and murdering 9-year-old Jessica Lunsford.Couey, a convicted sex offender, buried Lunsford alive in two black trash bags with her hands bound and her favorite purple stuffed dolphin tucked in her arms, Circuit Judge Richard Howard said. Lunsford’s body was found in a grave in Couey’s yard about three weeks after she disappeared.“He secured her fate with a second bag,” Howard told the court.Howard called the murder “cold and calculated,” that caused a “slow, suffering and conscious death.”Jessica’s grandmother sat in the courtroom with other family and friends, wearing a pendant with Jessica’s photo on it around her neck.

A Miami jury convicted Couey in March of taking the girl from her bedroom to his nearby trailer in 2005, where he raped her and buried her alive.    [ FullStory  ]

Jessica Lunsford’s Killer Fights Death Penalty at Hearing

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

INVERNESS, Fla. —  The man convicted of kidnapping and raping 9-year-old Jessica Lunsford before swaddling her in garbage bags and burying her alive in his yard was likely faking mentally retardation in earlier tests, a court-appointed psychologist said Tuesday.

John Evander Couey, 48, who spent part of his murder trial earlier this year drawing in coloring books, “is not mentally retarded,” clinical psychologist Gregory Prichard testified at a pre-sentencing hearing Tuesday. Prichard said the convicted killer has an IQ of 78, slightly above the 70 level generally considered retarded.

At the end of Tuesday’s seven-hour pre-sentencing hearing, Jessica’s father, Mark Lunsford, took the witness stand and spoke directly to the man convicted of killing his daughter.

“I hope you hear her cries as you try to sleep at night,” Lunsford said, wiping tears. “I hope you see the tears run down her face as she asked you to go home. I hope you spend the rest of your life in fear of death. You will never hurt another child.”

Lunsford then asked Circuit Judge Richard Howard to sentence Couey to death.

Sentencing has tentatively been set for Aug. 10.

Howard must first weigh the prosecution and defense arguments on Couey’s mental competence. A 2002 U.S. Supreme Court ruling prohibits the execution of mentally retarded people.

During more than six hours of testimony, Prichard said it is easier to fake mental retardation than intelligence. He said standardized tests and interviews showed Couey was intelligent enough to manage money, take care of himself and even keep secrets.

Assistant Public Defender Daniel Lewan spent most of the hearing hours challenging Prichard’s assessment. Lewan said other experts have shown Couey is mildly retarded with an IQ of 64. He asked the judge to rely on the earlier testimony.

Lewan is trying to get a life sentence. Prosecutors want Couey executed.

In March, a Miami jury brushed aside Lewan’s pleas for mercy, voting 10-2 to recommend that Couey be executed for Jessica’s slaying. Florida law puts the final sentencing decision in the hands of a judge, who must give great weight to a jury recommendation.

The jury convicted Couey of taking Jessica in February 2005 from her bedroom to his nearby trailer, where he raped her and buried her alive. Despite a massive search, the third-grader’s body was found about three weeks after she disappeared in a grave in Couey’s yard, about 150 yards from her own home.

Couey, already a convicted sex offender when he committed the crime, was arrested in Georgia and confessed to the killing. That confession was thrown out as evidence because Couey did not have a lawyer present.

The trial was moved to Miami because of intense media coverage in Citrus County.

Updated highlights of missing Jessie Marie Davis-Cadaver dogs help in the search

A list of the latest updates, not necessarily in order of events,  given by the news media as of 5:08PM EDT, 6/21/07. 

You can read the whole story here.

1Cadaver dogs have uncovered a scent on a fresh mound of dirt in a waste area at Highland Park results that is now being investigated

2- Cell phone records of Davis are still be in the hands of the police for review

3- The police have now searched Cutt’s house 3 times,  his car, and have taken several boxes from his house.  Even though he has been read his Miranda rights they are still saying he is NOT considered a suspect.

4- The second search of Cutt’s was done with the a court ordered search warrant – with the reason of probable cause of  aggravated murder and kidnapping.  This was the first time the word “murder” has been associated with the case

5- Bobby Cutts is the father of Jessie’s 2 year old son Blake

6- Cutts’s wife Kelly (they aren’t divorced) speaks out saying she knew about Jessie, says Cutts was very consciencious regarding his kids, including his son he had with Jessie.

7- Cutts was not working the day Jessie disappeared even though that day would normally be one of his scheduled days to work

8- DNA being tested on newborn baby left on woman’s porch

9- Texas EquuSearch team an internationally active search team bringing their sonar equipment has joined in the search

Man convicted of burying couple alive

May 7, 2007, 10:56PM

Information source: Houston Chronicle

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Jurors on Monday convicted a 24-year-old man in the slayings of a retired couple who were buried alive in rural Georgia.

Michael James Jackson faces life in prison or the death penalty in the deaths of Reggie and Carol Sumner, both 61. Their bodies were found in a shallow grave near the Florida state line in July 2005.

Jackson was convicted on charges of first-degree murder, robbery and kidnapping. Three others are also charged in the deaths.

One of them, Bruce Kent Nixon, 19, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder, robbery and kidnapping after leading police to the bodies. He agreed to testify against Jackson, Alan Lyndell Wade, 19, and Jackson’s girlfriend, Tiffany Ann Cole, 25.

Nixon testified that Jackson was the planner. Jackson said in court that he was guilty of helping come up with the robbery plan, but said it was Nixon and Wade who killed the Sumners.

When Jackson saw the couple being buried alive and heard the wife moaning inside the pre-dug grave, Jackson said, he did not try to stop it because he was afraid he would be next.

Jackson later used the Sumners’ bank card and PIN number to withdraw money from their bank account, prosecutors said.

Nixon’s plea agreement allows him to avoid the death penalty. He faces 52 years to life in prison. Cole and Wade are awaiting trial.

“We’ve still got a long way to go, but were making progress,” said Jean Clark, Reggie Sumner’s sister. “It’s in the hands of God.”

Telephone message left by The Associated Press with prosecutors and Jackson’s attorney, Richard Kuritz, were not immediately returned.