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Clay County killer gets new sentencing hearing

John Calvin Taylor convicted in 1997 robbery, murder

John Calvin Taylor II
John Calvin Taylor II

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida Supreme Court on Thursday ordered a new sentencing hearing for a convicted killer. 

John Calvin Taylor II, 57, was convicted and sentenced to death in the 1997 robbery and murder of Shannon Holzer.

She worked at a convenience store in St Johns County, and was taking the receipts to a bank in Green Cove Springs, Clay County, when she agreed to give Taylor a ride to Green Cove Springs.

Holzer's body was found in a wooded area. She had been stabbed to death, and the money was gone.

The jury voted 10-2 for the death sentence, and the Florida Supreme Court's new unanimous rule has once again been applied retroactively.