Murder of Jessica Lunsford
Jessica Marie Lunsford (October 6, 1995 – February 27, 2005) was an American girl who was abducted from her home in Homosassa, Florida on February 24, 2005, then raped and murdered by 47-year-old John Couey. The media covered the investigation and trial of her killer extensively. On August 24, 2007 a judge in Inverness, Florida sentenced Couey, a convicted sex offender, to death for kidnapping, raping and murdering her. Couey died of cancer on September 30, 2009, before his sentence could be carried out.