14-year-old Joshua Earl Phillips.
Josh Phillips (right) was in the courtroom April
16, 1999 when his attorney withdrew
his motion suppress Phillips'
statement to the police.
Joshua Phillips, 15, enters the courtroom April
22, 1999 for a hearing at which Circuit Judge
Charles Arnold order
the murder trial be moved to Bartow because of publicity.
Joshua Phillips enters a Duval County courtroom
April 29, 1999. His trial was postponed until July.
Joshua Phillips is fingerprinted at the Polk
County courthouse in Bartow before taken into custody
after being sentenced to life in prison for the murder of his
neighbor, Maddie Clifton.
Mother of Maddie Clifton, Sheila Clifton, wipes
away a tear as her daughter Jessica reads
a statement about her
sister during the sentencing hearing of Joshua Phillips.
Joshua Phillips father, Steve Phillips, wipes away
a tear as his son Tim Phillips
talks from the lectern about his
Josh Phillips August 1999
Josh Phillips at Hardee CI 2005
Josh Phillips, 2008
Maddie Clifton disappeared Nov. 3, 1998, prompting a
search of her Jacksonville
neighborhood involving hundreds of
Her decomposing body was found seven days later stuffed
in the frame of Joshua's
water bed across the street from her home.
8-year-old Maddie Clifton