Lunsford Murder Case

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Lawyers for a man accused of killing a Florida nine-year-old earlier this year want the judge removed from the case.

John Couey is charged with first degree murder in the death of Jessica Lunsford. His trial is scheduled to begin on Feb. 6.

But a public defender says in a motion that the judge is not giving the defense enough time to prepare for a case that could have more than 300 witnesses.

The judge rejected a defense motion last month to delay Couey's trial until the summer or fall of 2006.

Prosecutors say the defense motion lacks "any factual basis."

They're seeking the death penalty.

Although Couey has pleaded not guilty, authorities say Couey admitted to the crime in March, the day after he was arrested in Augusta, Georgia.

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