Who said that child killers are not provided more rights that their victims? Circuit Judge Ric Howard has thrown out the John Couey statement of a 1985 unrelated, unsolved murder. The statement was thrown out as child killer, John Couey, had already asked for a lawyer. The Defense had asked for the incriminating evidence to be thrown out.
Assistant Public Defender Dan Lewan said that the questioning violated Couey’s right to an attorney and his right to remain silent. Prosecutors argued that those rights didn’t apply to questioning in cases unrelated to Jessica’s death.
Couey has pleaded not guilty to charges of first-degree murder, sexual battery on a child, kidnapping and burglary in the girl’s death. His trial is scheduled to begin Feb. 12 with jury selection in Miami. The trial was moved to South Florida in the hopes of finding an unbiased jury. (Orlando Sentinel)
Although it is obvious that they judge had to make this decision or risk having a later conviction against Couey being overturned altogether on appeal … it is just sickening.
It is disgusting that John Couey is being provided more rights than he ever gave any of his victim. I am sure he provided innocent Jessica Lunsford all the rights and courtesies he is being provided by our legal system. The statement that was just thrown out certainly infers he killed Jessica Lunsford. We understand that the judge had to do this and that the police really screwed up, its just makes us sick that this man is provided any compassion.
Orlando police Detective Joel Wright testified Friday that Couey told him: “I wish I could help you, but I can’t … If I did it I would tell you, they can only kill me once.” (Sun Sentinel)
Let us never forget what this man did to little Jessica Lunsford. Also the fact that those who helped him in this crime should be tried as well. Previously, the confession had been thrown out that John Couey admitted to the murder of Jessica Lunsford.
Previously, the trial had been moved to South Florida in an attempt to find an unbiased jury. Heaven help us if we can find people that are unbiased and do not form an opinion as to what this monster did to Jessica Lunsford. In a civil and moral society, we do not have to understand why, nor be un-bias when a person commits a heinous crime against another. Especially, a helpless child. The day we become un-bias about such things is the day we lose our humanity.