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John Couey's testimony still in the air

By TImes staff writer
Published February 9, 2007


INVERNESS - Just days before John Couey's trial begins in Miami, attorneys are still wrangling about whether jurors can hear about incriminating statements the 48-year-old Homosassa man made to jail guards during the past year.

An emergency hearing Thursday was postponed until today. The topic of the hearing was not disclosed, but presumably defense attorneys will ask the court to suppress the guards' testimony.

Couey is accused of abducting, raping and killing 9-year-old Jessica Lunsford in 2005. Jury selection is scheduled to begin Monday.