Thursday, February 24, 2005

R.I.P. Jessica Lunsford

On Friday, February 24, 2005, Mark Lunsford's alarm clock went off at 5:00 A.M., his usual work-day wake-up time. Lunsford, 42, drove a dump truck for a company called the Dirt Boys. He lived in a double-wide trailer on Sonata Avenue in Homosassa, Florida, which he shared with his parents, Ruth and Archie, and his 9-year-old daughter, Jessica.

Before he got out of bed, he reached over to the clock radio and turned off the alarm. He could hear the alarm going off in Jessica's room. She usually got up around the same time he did to get ready for school......