State Attorney Bill Eddins says the state of Florida will seek the death penalty against Stephen Anthony Cozzie. Cozzie is charged with the death of 15-year old Courtney Wilkes of Lyons, Ga.
Courtney had been vacationing at the beach with her family.
Her body was found in a wooded area near a nature trail in the Seagrove area of South Walton County June 16. She was strangled and beaten to death, officials said.
At the time, Sheriff Mike Adkinson said Cozzie has evil in his heart. Adkinson told reporters, "This is nothing more than pure evil."