Bond denied for man accused of Ga. teen's slaying

Courtney Wilkes
Courtney Wilkes

TOOMBS CO., GA (WTOC) - A Florida man accused in the slaying of a Toombs County teen made his first appearance in court Monday. The judge denied him bond. He's due back in court July 19.

Courtney Wilkes was killed June 16 while vacationing with her family in Seagrove, Fla.

The Walton County Sheriff says Wilkes' mother reported her missing at 4 p.m. Thursday. She was last seen going for a walk with 21-year-old Steven Cozzie, a resident of the area near Seagrove Beacon.

By 5:30 p.m., the sheriff says her body was found. By 6 p.m., deputies arrested Cozzie on murder charges.

Officials say he violently killed the 15-year-old within just 500 yards of where she and her family were staying.

The visitation and funeral service will take place this week for a Toombs County girl who was murdered while on vacation with her family.

The visitation is scheduled for 3 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the First Baptist Church in Vidalia. The funeral is scheduled for 11 a.m. Wednesday at that same church.

They lived in Lyons but the grandfather Raymond Burrell was a pastor at Bible Baptist Church in Vidalia.

The family is establishing a cemetery on their farm where she'll be buried because she loved her animals.

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