Tuesday, July 19, 2005

Latest twist and turns in the Jessica Lunsford case.

State attorney says computer records don't warrant charges

By Dave Pieklik
According to documents released Monday afternoon, investigators say they discovered child pornography on Mark Lunsford's home computer.

Lunsford, the father of 9-year-old Jessica Lunsford, who was killed in February, denies looking at the images, while the sheriff's office says none of the images had been "downloaded, filed or saved."

The 852 pages made public by the State Attorney's office in Brooksville contained transcripts of interviews with accused killer John Couey's housemates Dorothy Dixon, Matthew Dittrich and Madie Secord and also information about the hundreds of leads investigators checked out during the opening days of Jessica Lunsford's disappearance. Read the rest of the article HERE.

Couey's relatives say he abused them
The family never told police, according to newly released records in the Jessica Lunsford case.
But Couey had even more victims, according to family testimony.

Karen Couey, 43, estranged wife of John Couey, said her husband once was accused of sexually molesting her daughter from a previous relationship when the girl was about 6. Karen Couey separated from John Couey soon after. Madie Secord, 27, Couey's niece, told investigators Couey rubbed her genital area underneath her clothes when she was about 7. Her younger sister, Brenda Webb, now grown, said he raped her when she was about the same age.

A third sibling told investigators that Couey kissed her neck.

Despite the claims, Couey's family would not kick him out. Or, if they did, he would end up back in their circle years later, they said.

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