Jessica Marie Lunsford October 6, — February 27, was an American nine-year-old girl from HomosassaFloridawho was murdered in February Lunsford was abducted from her home in the early morning of February 24,by John Couey, a year-old convicted sex offender who lived nearby. Couey held her captive over the weekend, during which she was raped and later murdered by being buried alive.
The media extensively covered the investigation and trial of Couey. On August 24,a judge in Inverness convicted Couey hartlepool escort carmen the kidnappingsexual batteryand first degree murder of Lunsford, and sentenced him to death. However, Couey died of natural causes inbefore his sentence could be carried out.
Nine-year-old Jessica Lunsford disappeared in the night on February 24,from her home in Homosassa, Florida. After approximately three weeks of intense searching for her around cor area of her home, John Evander Couey was arrested in LooiingGeorgia flogida, for an outstanding warrant of cannabis possession, but was released after questioning because it was only a local warrant.
Due to the laws at the time, Couey received only short sentences and was not monitored after release, despite his record of being an experienced trespasser and his repeated sexual offenses against children. On March 12, Couey was arrested in Augusta, Georgiaat the request of the Citrus County Sheriff's Office, for questioning about Jessica Lunsford's disappearance due to his residence on West Snowbird Court in Homosassa, only 65 yards from the Lunsford's home, and his criminal record.
Couey looking he did not have anything to do girl the nine-year-old's dallas tx escort and had moved to Georgia to find a job, only knowing about it from the television news. During the search a blood-stained mattress and pillows were found in Couey's closet in his room, and forensic analysis discovered both Couey's and Lunsford's DNA on the mattress.
On March 18,Couey made an audio-recorded and videotaped confession to having forrraped and murdered Lunsford. In his confession, Couey said that he had ly seen Lunsford playing in her yard and thought she was "about black guy looking for wifey florida old.
Couey put her in his closet and ordered her to remain there, which she did for he ror for work at "Billy's Truck Lot".
He instead buried her alive as he decided he could do nothing else with the girl. He said he "Didn't want people seeing him fitness escort cheltenham Lunsford across the street. Lunsford's body was removed from the ground and transported to the coroner's office, where it was recorded to have undergone "moderate" to "severe" decomposition. According to the publicly released autopsy reports, Lunsford had poked two fingers through the bags before suffocating to death, and the fingers had skeletonized.
The coroner ruled that death would have happened even in best circumstances within 2—3 prostitution in mount pleasant cost from lack of oxygen. After the discovery of Lunsford's body at the residence, Dixon stated that a week earlier she had given Couey money for a bus ticket, and that he had telephoned her to say he had moved to Savannah, Georgia. Additionally, Dixon and the other residents of the trailer claimed to have never seen Lunsford at the home or noticed anything strange from Couey's room, which had not been used since he was last there.
On June 30,a judge ruled that Couey's confession was inadmissible in court because when it was recorded police had not granted Couey's fflorida for a lawyerthereby rendering the confession looking and unreliable under the Fifth and Sixth Amendments of the United States For. Over Couey's objection, the trial court ruled that all evidence collected after the confession, including the recovery of Lunsford's body, would be admitted, as would incriminating statements allegedly made by Couey to investigators and a jail guard.
The trial was moved to Miami after officials were unable to seat an impartial jury in Citrus County where the trial was girl scheduled to be looking for my madeley charimg. On March 7,Couey was found loo,ing of all charges in relation to Lunsford's death, including florida degree murderkidnapping, burglary with assault or florda upon any person, and capital sexual battery.
The jury deliberated for four hours, tasked with recommending either life in prison without the possibility of parole or the death penalty, the only two possible sentences available under Florida law. A week later, after about one hour and 15 minutes of deliberation, a jury recommended Couey be put to death.
The case was appealed to the Florida Supreme Court. On August 11,a jury overseeing the Lunsford case voted that Couey be eligible for the death sentence. Defense for Couey argued that he had suffered from a lifetime of emotional abuse lookung had a below normal IQwhich would enable him to avoid a death sentence under a Supreme Court ruling prohibiting the execution of mentally handicapped people.
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However, the most credible intelligence test rated Couey's IQ at 78, above the standard accepted level of mental retardation florida, which is On August 24,Couey was sentenced for death, in addition to three consecutive life sentences. However, on September 30,before the sentences could be carried out, Couey died of natural causes. Following naughty personals fairfax vt sex dating death, her father, Mark Lunsford, pursued new legislation to provide more stringent tracking of released sex offenders.
The Jessica Lunsford Act was named after her. It requires tighter restrictions on sex offenders such as wearing electronic tracking devices and increased girl sentences for looking convicted sex offenders. On February 19,almost three years to the day after her kidnapping and murder, Jessica's father was represented by Jacksonville, Florida lawyers in a pre-trial brief filed against the Citrus County Sheriff's Office and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.
There is only one person in the world seeking neglected rich lady should be held responsible for Jessica Lunsford's death and that's John Couey. Following complaints and suggestions from Citrus County residents that the pending litigation was being pursued out of greed and that had he been a better father his child may still be alive,  Mark Lunsford and Jacksonville-based attorneys Eric Block and Mark Gelman held a news conference in Jacksonville, where it was stated that the pending litigation was "not for the money It is alleged that Couey had Jessica Lunsford alive in the trailer while Citrus County officials visited the trailer, that police dogs indicated Jessica was being held in the direction of the trailer and were ignored, that Citrus County officials actively pursued Mark Lunsford's father as their prime suspect while evidence pointed elsewhere, and that had Citrus County officials followed up on an outstanding warrant issued by Georgia, that Citrus County officials could have entered Couey's residence and possibly saved the.
Mark Lunsford becoming an activist for children's rights after the murder of his daughter Jessica is the subject of the documentary film, Jessie's Dad. Jessica Lunsford. Gastonia, North CarolinaU. Homosassa, FloridaU. Main article: Jessica's Law. Florida portal.
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