Fire guts Fla. trailer where Jessica Lunsford died

HOMOSASSA, Fla. (AP) - A suspicious fire has burned down a Florida mobile home where 9-year-old Jessica Lunsford was raped and murdered four years ago this month.

The crime by a repeat sex offender prompted lawmakers in Florida and other states to pass Jessica's Law, a set of stricter rules for tracking and convicting sex offenders.

A fire Sunday gutted the vacant trailer where John Evander Couey used to live about 75 miles north of Tampa.

County officials called the fire suspicious and state fire marshals are investigating.

Couey was convicted of murder and sentenced to death.

He told investigators he kept Jessica in a closet for several days before burying her alive outside the trailer. Jessica was abducted on Feb. 24, 2005, from her home nearby.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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