A legislative panel has approved a bill
that the father of 9 year old murder victim Jessica Lunsford says
would have prevented his daughter's death.
Mark Lunsford spoke on behalf of the measure that would send
child molesters 18 years or older to prison for life if convicted
more than once of molesting a child under 12.
John Evander Couey was sentenced to death last year for
kidnapping Lunsford's daughter, raping her and burying her alive in
The bill unanimously cleared the House Budget and Policy Council
after lawmakers and the audience gave Lunsford a standing ovation.
It next will go to the House floor after the Legislature convenes
its regular annual session in March.
An identical Senate bill has not yet had a committee hearing.