With a jury seated in Miami, both sides presented opening statements in the trial of John Couey on March 1. Defense attorney Dan Lewan asked the jury to use logic in coming to a verdict. Earlier, he had filed several motions for a mistrial. All were denied.
Special Report The disappearance of 9-year-old Jessica Lunsford in February 2005 sparked a nationwide search but ended tragically close to home.
Convicted sex offender John Couey confessed to kidnapping, raping and burying her alive. A judge later ruled that confession inadmissible, and Couey has pleaded not guilty.