Jury Recommends John Couey be Executed for Murder of 9-Year-Old Jessica Lunsford Wednesday, March 14, 2007 By Liza Porteus AP A jury took just over an hour Wednesday to decide that John Evander Couey should be executed for the kidnapping, rape and murder of 9-year-old Jessica Lunsford. The jury, on a 10-2 vote, brushed aside pleas for mercy and a life sentence from defense lawyers based on claims that Couey, 48, is mentally retarded and suffers from chronic mental illness. The final decision on Couey's fate will be made in several weeks by Circuit Judge Richard Howard, who is not bound by the jury's recommendation but is required to give it "great weight." Since the jury recommended the death penalty, by law Couey now gets an automatic appeal of the sentence. http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,258690,00.html BJR - It appears justice has been served as best we can serve it.