Caylor case before Florida Supreme Court

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - A man convicted of raping and killing a 13-year-old girl and sentenced to death is appealing his case to Florida's Supreme Court.

In 2009 Matthew Caylor was convicted of killing 13-year-old Melinda Hinson in a Panama City motel room.

In an appeal, his defense attorney is arguing that one of the jurors admitted she could not be impartial and that caylor's defense attorney made crucial errors during the trial.

Also at issue is a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision that ruled Florida's death penalty procedures unconstitutional.

During oral arguments before the court Thursday Marilyn M. Beccue, the attorney representing the state, pointed out that Caylor's attorney did what he could for his client given that Caylor confessed to the crime.

"He also knows that his client gave a very lucid confession," Beccue said. "'I was angry about the fact that I had all these conditions of probabtion placed on me and that I didn't do anything wrong there, so since I got in trouble for doing nothing wrong, I might as well have sex with a 13 year old.'"

The court's ruling on these issues is expected at a later date.  


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