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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