State Supreme Court hears appeal; confirms sentence and conviction

Published: Thursday, October 31, 2013 at 05:03 PM.

TALLAHASSEE — The Florida Supreme Court affirmed Johnny Mack Sketo Calhoun's conviction and death sentence Thursday.

State Attorney Glenn Hess and Assistant State Attorney Brandon Young tried the case together last year.

Calhoun, 35, of 1072 Newton Road, Bonifay, kidnapped Mia Chay Brown the night of Dec. 16, 2010, bound her with duct tape, put her into the trunk of her car and on Dec. 17, 2010, he set the car on fire, burning her alive.

The Supreme Court found there was sufficient evidence to support a finding of felony murder and kidnapping. Witnesses placed Brown as having last been seen headed toward Calhoun’s trailer on the night of Dec. 16, and witnesses heard Brown tell Calhoun she would pick him up that night, according to the court’s ruling. Brown’s hair and blood were also found in his trailer.

Brown’s remains were found in the trunk of her car in the woods in Alabama with coaxial cable wrapped around what remained of her upper arms and duck tape around her neck. Carbon dioxide and smoke were found in her lung tissue, according to the medical examiner.

Calhoun was found guilty of the kidnapping and murder on Feb. 29, 2012, in circuit court in Bonifay. All death penalty cases are automatically appealed.

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