Some regional news that hits a little close to home.
In 2005, 9 year old Jessica Lunsford was abducted. Jessica lived in my "Florida home" of Citrus County. It was the kind of horrific crime that inflames an entire community. My nieces assisted in the search. Weeks later, Jessica was found buried, dead, clutching a stuffed animal.
John Evander Couey was arrested in Augusta, Ga. on an unrelated charge and in questioning by Florida law enforcement confessed to the killing.
Now, Florida Circuit Judge Ric Howard has disallowed that confession. Couey alledgedly requested an attorney and was denied. Judge Howard is still allowing the very damaging evidence discovered in Couey's trailer that led to the discovery of Jessica's body. This evidence alone may be enough to convict Couey.
On the basis of the initial news report, I believe the judge was right. I also believe that Couey will still be convicted.
This entire case brings backs unpleasant memories of Georgia's Alday murders. That horrible day and its aftermath in 1973 haunted the Donaldsonville community for 30 years.
No matter what happens in the Lunsford case, my hope if that justice is done and the community will be able to heal and move on.