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June 23--  A state prosecutor in Florida says he expects a state grand jury will hear the Courtney Wilkes murder case in "the next couple of weeks."

{mosimage}State's Attorney Robert Elmore reports a first degree murder indictment will be sought against 21-year-old Steven Cozzie.  

According to a police report, Cozzie used a stick to beat to death 15-year-old Courtney Wilkes of Lyons.  A friend of Cozzie, Michael Spencer, led police to a wooded area in Santa Rosa Beach where the girl's body was found.  Spencer said Cozzie told him he killed Courtney in the wooded area and took Spencer to the area to view the body. Spencer later led police to the crime scene.

The prosecutor says Cozzie's arraignment is scheduled for August 23 at the Walton County courthouse in Defuniak Springs.  At that time, he expects a public defender will file a written plea on behalf of Cozzie.