St. Petersburg, Florida - Mark Lunsford, father of young murder victim, Jessica Lunsford, says convicted killer John Couey will be eligible for the death penalty when he is sentenced later this month.
Lunsford says prosecutors called him on Tuesday with news that a Citrus County judge has decided that Couey is not mentally retarded. It is that declaration clears which the way for a death sentence.
In March, a Miami jury recommended the death penalty for Couey, who kidnapped and murdered Jessica Lunsford.
Couey is scheduled to be sentenced in Citrus County on August 24th.