Prosecutors: Jessica Was Buried Alive

Florida prosecutors: Nine-year-old murder victim was raped, buried alive

More detailed, disturbing allegations in the kidnap-death of a nine-year-old Florida girl. State prosecutors say in documents released today that Jessica Lunsford was raped, bound and buried alive, kneeling and clutching a purple stuffed dolphin.

Jessica's body was found March 19th buried about 150 yards from her house in Homosassa, about 60 miles north of Tampa.

The prosecutors' documents say the body was wrapped in two plastic trash bags knotted at her head and feet in a grave covered by a mound of leaves. Jessica died of asphyxiation, according to a coroner's report.

A convicted sex offender, John Evander Couey, is charged in her slaying.