DEFUNIAK SPRINGS, Fla. (AP) -- Jurors have recommended death for a Florida Panhandle man convicted of killing a teenage Georgia girl on vacation with her family.
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A Walton County jury voted 12-0 on Thursday that 23-year-old Steven Cozzie should die. A judge will make the final decision. Cozzie was convicted last week of first-degree murder, sexual battery, aggravated child abuse and kidnapping.
Authorities say 15-year-old Courtney Wilkes was found dead in Seagrove Beach a day after she went missing in June 2011. She and her family had been visiting from Lyons, Ga.
The Northwest Florida Daily News reports that witnesses connected Cozzie to Wilkes, and he was arrested shortly after her body was found.