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Couey guilty on all counts

Early Edition: Jurors were ready with a verdict after about four hours of deliberations.

Published March 7, 2007


John Couey is guilty of first-degree murder, kidnapping, burglary and sexual battery of a minor.

Couey fidgeted as the verdict was read, pressing his fingers, a few at a time, against the table, but registered no facial expression in response to the news. Mark Lunsford wiped away tears with a tissue.

Judge Ric Howard said the sentencing process will start on Tuesday, during which the jurors will determine whether they think Couey should live or die. Jurors can choose to be semi-sequestered until that time. But on Tuesday they will have to go back to full sequestration.

Couey was fingerprinted, sheepishly, in front of Judge Howard, and wiped ink off his hands with wadded paper towels.

[Last modified March 7, 2007, 16:49:04]

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