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 ]