Call it a father’s love for his daughter. Call it Mark Lunsford making sure that his precious 9 year old daughter Jessica Lunsford did not die in vane. The unspeakable acts that John Couey perpetrated on Jessica Lunsford are beyond comprehension. What else but the death penalty did Couey deserve? Mark Lunsford has made it his mission in live that Jessica’s Law will protect children from sex offenders and that the rights of the victim are more important than the rights of sex offenders.
Mark Lunsford has taken the worst personal tragedy that a parent can suffer and turn it into a positive mission for good. Mark Lunsford is a TRUE AMERICAN HERO!!!.
Maybe this might be one of the top 5 “Most Unbelievable line” ever uttered … “People don’t like me for some reason.” (John Couey) Gee, ya think? Funny how most people are adverse to kidnapping, child rapists and murderers.
The trial of John Couey, accused monster who kidnapped, raped and murdered Jessica Lunsford, begins Monday. Jury selection is set to begin and the trial will be held in Miami rather than Citrus County where the crime was committed.
The trial was moved 300 miles to Miami from Citrus County, where the crime occurred, because of intense pretrial media coverage. That coverage has included the passage of tougher sex offender laws in Florida and at least 18 other states and spurred creation of the first-ever coordinated Justice Department effort to track down noncompliant offenders nationwide, such as those who fail to register or aren’t living where they are supposed to.
The trial could be held on the moon, John Couey will not escape the heinous acts that he did. Once again this morning the defence tried to delay the trial from going forward. Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Richard Howard denied the motion. Let’s face it Couey … its time to face the justice that you have so rightfully earned.
”The fact of the matter is, this case is going forward,” said Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Richard Howard, who denied a request for a delay by attorneys for defendant John Evander Couey. (Miami Herald)
There is one of the most unbelievable articles in The Tampa Tribune that discusses the victim-hood of John Evander Couey … or Johnny as they refer to him … “Every Way He Turned, Couey Always Landed In Trouble.” Let us never forget what this beast did to a poor innocent young girl. Let us not forget he buried her alive. Let us never forget the innocence of Jessica Lunsford.
Couey later told detectives he knew where she was. For three days, he said, she lived in his closet. For three days, he told detectives in lengthy interviews, he molested her, raped her, then placed her in a pair of trash bags and buried her next to his back steps.
The Tampa Tribune goes on to write a touchy, feely piece on Couey’s trouble filled life and times. Honestly, who cares! Maybe the Tribune may want to spend more ink and paper discussing Jessica Lunsford’s life that will never be. A life cut short in one of the most viscous and heinous ways imaginable.
However, do not worry about John Couey’s troubled life … a Florida jury will see fit to putting him and us out of our misery by handing Couey a guilty sentence and death penalty.
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How else can a victim and family be violated? The confession of sex offender John Evander Couey that he murdered Jessica Lunsford has been thrown out by a judge on the grounds that sex offender, rapist and murdered John Couey had previously asked for a lawyer on multiple occasions prior to his confession.
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.
This is the face of a sex offender that our legal system seem to provide more right to than the innocent victims that they rape and kill
Although it is reprehensible that this judge has thrown out the confession of this child rapist, murdering pig who buried poor 9-year-old Jessica Lunsford alive after he had violated her; one has to wonder what the hell the police officers were thinking? Did they want to blow this entire case for the prosecution? The unfortunate facts of life is that scum bag child killers are afforded rights even though it is unimaginable that they should be afforded anything. Especially since Couey was already convicted of sexually molesting a 5 year old. The fact remains that the police violated the most simple of legal protections afforded to people accused of crimes.
“This is a material and a profound violation of one of the most bedrock principles of criminal law,” Circuit Judge Ric Howard said in issuing the ruling Friday.
On the taped interview, parts of which were played in court, Couey spoke freely with the detectives about his criminal past, use of crack and relationship with his family. When the topic crept closer to Lunsford, however, Couey repeatedly mentioned wanting a lawyer.
The overall outrage of this case comes from the fact of what was done to 9 year old Jessica Lunsford by this previously convicted sex offender and that he buried her alive. These actions shocked the collective conscience of a country and the fact that the police acted so recklessly in jeopardizing a case is just pathetic. Its like the family being violated all over again. Mark Lunsford, Jessica’s dad, has already been through a living hell having his daughter ripped from him. Now he gets the slap in the face that his daughter’s murderer has more rights than were afforded her.
Jessica 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 February 2005. Two days earlier, Couey told detectives he had kidnapped, raped and killed the girl, and he told them where to find the body.
Maybe the police and the prosecution need to be asked as well why the other people that lived in the house where Jessica was raped and murdered were not also arrested. They knew what was going on.
This case also shows the reason why most of us have utter contempt for defense attorney and the scum they represent. Defense attorney Dan Lewan falls into that category as he screams that his client, John Couey’s, constitutional rights were violated. Funny, he didn’t seen to care too much about Jessica’s now did he?
Defense attorney Dan Lewan has portrayed the detectives as overzealous and unconcerned about Couey’s constitutional rights. When his client asked for an attorney, Lewan argued, the detectives spoke over him in a confusing interlude before simply dropping the issue.
Lewan also asked the discovery of Jessica’s body be inadmissible in court because Couey told authorities where to find her.
This is the only victim in this case that anyone should have been worried about protecting the rights of. Innocent children like Jessica.
Don’t worry though Attorney Lewan, your client won’t have to worry too much of that in the future because of the fact that the DNA evidence and subsequent finding of Jessica’s body is still allowed in as evidence. With the death penalty on the table, trust me … John Couey won’t have to worry about his right in the future.
A consent search at the mobile home where Couey was living turned up a bloody mattress which tested positive for Jessica’s DNA the day they began excavating at the mobile home following the confession. Further, disturbed ground near a shovel in the yard was suspicious enough to investigate after officers had already singled Couey out as a person of interest, Ridgway said.
“With (DNA results) they would’ve gotten a search warrant for the home,” Ridgway said.