DEFUNIAK SPRINGS - Assistant State Attorney Bobby Elmore announced Tuesday that the state will seek the death penalty for Barry Davis if he is convicted of killing Santa Rosa Beach resident John Hughes and his girlfriend, Heidi Rhodes of Panama City.

Davis, 27, was charged Feb. 13 with first-degree premeditated murder in the deaths of the couple, who were reported missing around May 7, 2012, and whose bodies have not been found.

Elmore said the state believes Davis killed Hughes and Rhodes, that he did it with robbery as a motive and that Rhodes’ killing was seen by another person.

All of those factors are considered “aggravators” in a court of law and can be used to argue for a death sentence.