Couey was convicted of kidnapping nine-year-old Jessica Lunsford and burying her alive.
Couey took Jessica from her bedroom to his nearby trailer in February 2005, triggering a massive search. The third-grader’s body was found about three weeks later in a grave in Couey’s yard, only about 150 yards from her home.
Her body was found under a foot of dirt wrapped in two garbage bags. She had poked holes through the bags with her fingers, although her hands were bound with wire. She was still clutching her favorite stuffed animal, a purple dolphin.
While I’ve written that I oppose the death penalty for the solitary principle that executing the innocent is far worse than letting the guilty sit in jail for life, there was no doubt whatsoever about Couey’s guilt. I had planned, in all sincerity, to host a party on Couey’s execution date. I’ll confess to hoping that his execution would have been botched very, very badly.
God forgives. So I hope He’ll forgive me for hoping that there’s a Hell, and that Couey is getting signed up for their 401K right now.