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02-28-2012, 09:43 PM #32
Calhoun found guilty of murder, kidnapping
BONIFAY — After a little over two hours of deliberation Tuesday, jurors found Johnny Mack Sketo Calhoun guilty of first-degree murder and kidnapping in the death of Mia Shay Brown.
Court resumes Wednesday to determine whether Calhoun will be sentenced to death or life in prison.
Tuesday’s proceedings began with closing arguments from the prosecution and the defense. The prosecution began presenting its case to the jury Feb. 22 and concluded Friday. The defense presented its case Monday morning. Calhoun did not testify in his own defense.
“The state made an interesting case, but their case had several inconsistencies in their presentation,” defense attorney Kimberly Dowgul told the jurors. “We’ve never got any evidence to prove that he was ever at (Calhoun’s) trailer with her.”
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03-01-2012, 12:21 AM #33
Jury recommends death
Updated: Jury recommends death for Calhoun
BONIFAY — A jury recommended Wednesday by a 9-3 vote that Johnny Mack Sketo Calhoun should be put to death for the murder of Mia Brown.
The final decision and sentencing will be made later by a Judge Christopher Patterson.
Holmes County Sheriff Tim Brown, who is not related to Mia Brown, said he hopes the court proceedings will help give solace to the community that came out to help in the search — and now seeks justice — for Brown, who was from Holmes County.
The next phase of the proceedings will be a hearing to allow the attorneys a chance to present additional evidence directly to the judge to help him make his decision. Generally, the judge takes another month or so to prepare written findings in advance of the sentencing hearing.
According to the State Attorney’s office and the state Department of Corrections, there are currently no inmates on death row from Holmes County and the last men to be executed from Holmes County were Pleas Dixon in 1945 and Frank Peterson in 1959.
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