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.