Cozzie Trial Continues On In Penalty Phase

By: Drew Steele Email
By: Drew Steele Email

On June 9th 2011, the bull family was on vacation in South Walton County when their fourteen year old daughter says she was attacked by Steven Cozzie. A few days after meeting him, the Kentucky teenager says Cozzie invited her to go for a walk.

"And I like stepped in front and was walking and he came up behind me and tried to like…he strangled me. He put like a cloth type thing around my neck" said the teenage victim.

The girl says a few minutes into the attack - Cozzie suddenly stopped.

"He like, backed away and he was like I can't do this, I can't do this. And I got up and that's when we started to leave. How did you feel right then? Scared to death" said the teenage victim.

Now sixteen, the teen testified Tuesday she ran into a group of people who helped her find a public place where her grandmother would pick her up.

"I got the call from her and she was kind of panicky and she told me that she was at the snappy turtle and I said ok. I said Mimi is on her way" said Mother of teen victim Melinda Bull.

"As we drove home she was still just hysterical and just crying, you know could hardly talk so we didn't really talk a lot" said Grandmother of teen victim Pauline Stewart.

But for some reason, neither the girl's mother or grandmother called police.

"We talked about it. We'd been there all week and we were leaving the next day. We both had to go back to work. We thought she had not been raped. She was emotionally upset and physically upset I'm sure and we just made a poor choice" said Stewart.

A week later, police would find the body of Cozzie's second victim - Courtney Wilkes. The Kentucky teenager testifying today did not come forward until April, a year and ten months after the attack.

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