(AP) - A judge has sentenced a convicted sex offender to death for kidnapping, raping and murdering 9-year-old Jessica Lunsford.
John Evander Couey looked straight ahead as the judge in Inverness, Florida, told him he should be executed for the crimes that led to new laws in many states cracking down on convicted sex offenders.
The slain girl's father, Mark Lunsford, was in court for the sentencing. His eyes filled with tears as he heard the judge read a detailed history of the case. He hugged his daughter's other relatives after the sentence was read.