Thursday, September 4, 2014
Mile Markers

Johnny Ray Holt, who fatally shot 63-year-old Rodger Keller in the face in 2006, stole his car and used his credit cards for phone sex, lost an appeal Wednesday.

The 3rd District Court of Appeal affirmed Holt's Sept. 23, 2010, conviction without comment. Holt is serving multiple life sentences at the Gulf Correctional Institution in Wewahitchka.

Former circuit Judge David Audlin sentenced Holt to three life terms -- with no chance of parole -- after jurors returned guilty verdicts for first-degree murder, armed robbery and burglary with a firearm. Keller was a popular botanist with the Key West Garden Club. Club members told jurors Keller was a nonconfrontational man who had an encyclopedic knowledge of plants, particularly orchids.