Georgia Man Convicted In Teen's Death

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

PANAMA CITY, Fla. (AP) -- A Panhandle jury has found a convicted
sex offender from Georgia guilty of raping and killing a 13-year-old Panama City girl.

Melinda Hinson's body was discovered by a maid in July 2008 at a
Panama City motel where the girl was living with her family.

Matthew Caylor confessed to killing her in a videotaped statement played for jurors, who convicted him Thursday afternoon.

Caylor's attorney had asked jurors to convict him of second-degree instead of first-degree murder, saying the 34-year-old man had consensual sex with the girl and then strangled her without premeditation.

Jurors disagreed, convicting him of the more-serious first-degree charge.

Jurors could recommend life in prison or the death penalty for Caylor when they consider his sentence on Friday.


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  • by We live in sad world Location: United States on Oct 30, 2009 at 08:35 AM
    It's time to stand as one. If our children are not safe we will not have a world to live in.
  • by Paul Location: Tallahassee on Oct 30, 2009 at 08:01 AM
    You know what is really sad is that our president and goverment and justical system in america is doing nothing to these people who abuse,rape and kill these kids.Why is our goverment not changing the law to dispose of these sick people why are they just put in prison and then let back out to rape and kill another kid.Our prseident said it is time for change well make a change america and focus on these sick people. Why put them in prison,just dispose of the people by excuation,lethel injection,or castrate them.We need to STOP these monster's.AMERICA MUST ACT NOW .
  • by magnolia Location: tallahassee on Oct 30, 2009 at 07:37 AM
    I say it's time to crank up 'ole RUSTY again and get rid of alot of criminals, costing tax payers thousands
  • by Nate Location: Tallahassee on Oct 30, 2009 at 05:44 AM
    I believe with ALL of my being that if we, as a country, had the intestinal fortitude to CASTRATE these people, that would be an EXTREMELY EFFECTIVE DETERENT, to these type of crimes! Psychologists have said that rape is about power! If that TRULY be the case, then take away the means or source of power for these sick people. Instead of spending money to house them at approximately 30K to 45K a year, we should seriously consider castration! It's CHEAPTER & MENTALLY MORE EFFECTIVE!
  • by Time for a Change Location: Florida on Oct 30, 2009 at 04:36 AM
    This child did not get a second chance. Give him death. We the people have got to get back to the real world. We can't aford to take care of killers that take out children's life.
  • by Richard Wilson Location: South Korea on Oct 30, 2009 at 04:20 AM
    Since the jury found him guilty o first degree murder i think he should get the death penalty,so that the tax payers would not have to feed him for the rest of his life if he got life in prison,a 13 year old girl yes give him the leathal injection he deserves.
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