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Cozzie Back In Court For Spencer Hearing

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Convicted killer, Steven Cozzie, stood before a Walton County Court, Thursday. His defense team and the state received one more chance to present evidence and testimony via a Spencer hearing.

Roughly two months have passed since a jury unanimously recommended that Cozzie receive the death penalty for the 2011 slaying of Georgia teenager Courtney Wilkes.

Entering the court room on Thursday, a close shaved head and an orange jumpsuit presented a very different Steven Cozzie than during his nearly two week trial.

Once again, Cozzie opted not to testify; instead the lawyers did the talking.

The defense's Sharon Williams opted not to bring any live witnesses, but sought to enter into evidence a transcript from a police interview they say impeaches the testimony of key witness Michael Spencer.

Spencer was the first person to see Wilkes' body when his then best friend (Cozzie) led him to the scene.

During trial, Spencer gave a graphic recount of how he said Steven Cozzie told him he killed Wilkes.

Thursday, Assistant State Attorney, Bobby Elmore, objected to the evidence, but ultimately chose not to seek rebuttal.

Now, both sides will present a sentence memorandum to Judge Kelvin Wells, who will ultimately decide Cozzie's fate.

"The court by law, by law, is required to give great weight to the jury's recommendation, as to what the sentence should be.  I'm not going to guess what the court will do, but as you know the jury unanimously decided that a death sentence should be imposed," said Elmore.

The sentence hearing will be held October 17th at 1:30pm at the Walton County Courthouse in Defuniak Springs.