Saturday, July 01, 2006

John Couey's Confession Thrown out by FL Judge

Friday..OUTRAGOUS NEWS Alert.....Sat. UPDATED Info listed below...

Via Fox News
ORLANDO, Fla. — The confession of a man charged with kidnapping, raping and killing 9-year-old Jessica Lunsford isn't admissible in court, but the discovery of her body can be used as evidence, a judge ruled Friday.

John Evander Couey, a 47-year-old convicted sex offender, gave the confession to detectives, but also told them that he wanted to consult a lawyer. He wasn't given the opportunity to do so.

Jessica Marie Lunsford was found kneeling and clutching a stuffed animal, hands tied with speaker wire and fingers poking through the garbage bags in which she was buried alive in March 2005. Two days earlier, Couey told detectives he kidnapped, raped and killed the 9-year-old girl.

As I wrote on Assorted Babble: Oh my Lord, this is terrible and my heart and prayers go to the Lunsford family right now that must be totally devastated. One thing that can bring some comfort is that the police have so much evidence against this monster....that he will definitely die and be found guilty along with the death sentence. John Couey, this scum of the earth goes to trial next week.

South FL Sun-Sentinel Sat's article stated Circuit Judge Ric Howard threw out the confession, as we now know, to the Citrus Co Sheriff's detectives because they did not allow Couey to speak with an attorney after him asking for one. However, Howard is allowing two exchanges in which Couey did admit guilt. One discussion was with detectives while they collected hair samples and the other from a Citrus Co. jail guard, Kenneth Slanker, Couey summoned to his cell. The conversations were not recorded, but in the disposition of the guard Couey expressed remorse for what he had done.

Prosecutor Rick Ridgeway submitted evidence found at the mobile home, where Couey was living and the DNA matched positive to little precious Jessica's DNA.

The death penalty is being sought by the prosecutors for the charges, that Couey pleaded not guilty to; Premeditated murder, burglary, kidnapping, and sexual battery.

July 10th, the trial and jury selection are expected to begin. Jessie's dad, Mark Lunsford said the ruling didn't concern him: "I don't care -they're still going to get him. I say "Amen"and "Couey's days are limited on this earth."

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Blogger ~ MissLisa said...

It makes me sick when things like this happen! This is all just so very sad.
At least the location of where little Jessica was found should be enough to connect Couey... even without the confesssion. Confession or no confession, the sicko is going down - and he knows it.

6/30/2006 11:25 AM  
Blogger Assorted Babble by Suzie said...

MissLisa, Couey's days are numbered...he is so guilty and they have enough evidence to bring him straight to death row to wait for his day with death....and here in FL they don't wait very long either. The sooner the better.

My heart just breaks for Jessie's family, her father, grandparents, relatives and friends....this trial is going to be horrible.

7/02/2006 8:08 AM  

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