Murder of Jessica Lunsford

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Jessica Marie Lunsford (October 6, 1995 – February 27, 2005) was an American girl who was abducted from her home in Homosassa, Florida on February 23, 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.

On August 24, 2007, Couey was sentenced to death, along with three consecutive life sentences. On September 30, 2009, before the sentences could be carried out, Couey died of natural causes.[1]

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