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John Evander Couey
John Evander Couey

John Evander Couey (born September 19, 1958), is a convicted murderer from Florida, USA who kidnapped, raped, and murdered nine-year old Jessica Lunsford in February 2005. The disappearance of Jessica, and Couey's subsequent confession and trial, received extensive media coverage. A jury recommended that he be put to death. Image File history File links Current_event_marker. ... Mug shot of John Evander Couey. ... Mug shot of John Evander Couey. ... September 19 is the 262nd day of the year (263rd in leap years). ... Year 1958 (MCMLVIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Official language(s) English Capital Tallahassee Largest city Jacksonville Largest metro area Miami Area  Ranked 22nd  - Total 65,795[1] sq mi (170,304[1] km²)  - Width 361 miles (582 km)  - Length 447 miles (721 km)  - % water 17. ... Jessica Marie Lunsford (October 6, 1995 – February 24, 2005) was an American murder victim. ... For other uses, see February (disambiguation). ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ...

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Past crimes

Couey has an extensive criminal record that includes 24 arrests for burglary, carrying a concealed weapon without a permit and indecent exposure. In 1991, he was arrested in Kissimmee on a charge of fondling a child under age 16. During a house burglary in 1978, Couey was accused of grabbing a girl in her bedroom, placing his hand over her mouth and kissing her. Couey was sentenced to 10 years in prison but was paroled in 1980. This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... 1991 (MCMXCI) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Kissimmee is a city located in Osceola County, Florida. ... 1978 (MCMLXXVIII) was a common year starting on Sunday. ... 1980 (MCMLXXX) was a leap year starting on Tuesday. ...


Abduction, rape, and murder of Lunsford

On 27 February 2005, Jessica Lunsford disappeared after attending church. Couey later states that he entered Jessica's house through an unlocked door at about 3 a.m. He awoke Jessica, told her "Don't yell or nothing" and told her to follow him out of the house.[1] February 27 is the 58th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Jessica Marie Lunsford (October 6, 1995 – February 24, 2005) was an American murder victim. ... St. ...


Couey occupied a trailer along with two women, 100 yards away, at the time of Jessica's abduction.[2] He admitted in his videotaped and recorded deposition to sexually assaulting Jessica in his bedroom.[3] She was kept in his bed that evening, where he raped her again in the morning. Couey put her in his closet and ordered her to remain there, which she did as he reported for work at "Billy's Truck Lot".[1] Three days after he abducted her, Couey bound the child's wrists together with speaker wire, placed her in a garbage bag, placed the bag containing her inside another garbage bag and buried her alive in a shallow grave, where she suffocated to death. Deposition is a word used in many fields to describe different processes: In law, deposition is the taking of testimony outside of court. ... Sexual assault is any undesired physical contact of a sexual nature perpetrated against another person. ...


On March 19, 2005, police found Jessica's body at a residence located on West Sparrow Court, buried in a hole approximately 2 1/2' deep and 2' circular, covered with leaves. The body was removed from the ground and transported to the coroner's office. Her body had undergone "moderate" to "severe" decomposition and, according to the publicly released autopsy reports, was skeletonized on two fingers that Jessica had poked through the bags before suffocating to death. The coroner ruled that death would have happened even in best circumstances within two or three minutes from lack of oxygen. March 19 is the 78th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (79th in leap years). ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Criminal proceedings

The trial was moved to Miami after officials were unable to seat an impartial jury in Citrus County where the trial was first scheduled to be held.[4]


On March 7, 2007, Couey was found guilty in Florida of all charges in relation to Jessica's death, including first degree murder, kidnapping, burglary, and 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. March 7 is the 66th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (67th in leap years). ... 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the Anno Domini (common) era. ...


On March 14th, a jury recommended Couey be put to death after only about 1 hour and 15 minutes of deliberation.[5] March 14 is the 73rd day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (74th in Leap years) with 292 days remaining in the year. ...


References

  1. ^ a b Bruno, Anthony. Jessica Lunsford: Death of a 9 year old", CourtTV CrimeLibrary
  2. ^ "Drifter says he held girl three days", CNN.com, 24 June 2005
  3. ^ Partial transcript of Video Confession of Couey, CNN.com
  4. ^ Nesmith, Susannah A. "Wanted: Fair Jury...", pages 1A, 19A, The Miami Herald, 2007-02-11.
  5. ^ "Couey sentenced to die for Florida girl's murder", CNN.com, 14 March 2007

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