Child Murder Case Verdict

A Florida jury convicts sex offender John Couey in the murder of a 9-year old girl. Couey stood trial for kidnapping and raping Jessica Lunsford and then burying her alive in trash bags. The medical examiner testified she died from suffocation.

He was found guilty of first-degree murder, guilty of burglary and battery, guilty of kidnapping and guilty of sexual batter of a child under the age of 12.

He faces the death penalty.

Jessica's murder moved Florida and other states to pass new laws cracking down on sex offenders and improve tracking of them, including a new Justice Department database.

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