Judge Throws Out Confession In Jessica Lunsford Case

A Florida judge says authorities violated "one of the most bedrock principles of criminal law" in handling a man accused of raping and killing a nine-year-old girl.

The judge ruled prosecutors can't use John Couey's (KOO'-eez) confession. That's because he told detectives he wanted to talk with a lawyer, but they didn't give him the opportunity.

The judge ruled the discovery of her body can be used in court. Jessica Lunsford was found kneeling and clutching a stuffed animal. Her hands were tied with speaker wire and her fingers were poking through the garbage bags in which she was buried alive a year ago February.

Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty.

Couey has pleaded not guilty to premeditated murder, burglary, kidnapping and sexual battery.

Jury selection is scheduled July Tenth.

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