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John Couey, right, speaks with assistant public defender Alan Fanter during a hearing to determine his mental state. Judge Ric Howard ruled that Couey's not retarded and can face the death penalty.
Audio Report:
Day of reckoning
for Couey

A judge is scheduled to decide on Friday the fate of John Couey, convicted in March in the rape and murder of 9-year-old Jessica Lunsford. In this newly released recording of a jailhouse conversation with his aunt, Virginia Kloetzer, Couey seems resigned to receiving the death sentence. This audio was excerpted by the Times from a more than hour-long recording.
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