The Walton County Sheriff's Office has identified the 15-year-old girl who was killed yesterday in Seagrove Beach as Courtney Wilkes.
She was from Lyons, Ga. and was staying at Beachcrest Condominium complex on County Road 30A with her family.
"We have the person we believe is responsible for this crime," said Walton County Sheriff Mike Adkinson during a 3 p.m. press conference. "The threat to the community has been removed."
He described the slaying of Wilkes as an "extremely violent encounter."
Adkinson said when Steven Anthony Cozzie, 21, of Santa Rosa Beach, was arrested and charged with an open count of murder he showed no remorse.
"This is nothing more than pure evil," Adkinson said.