Suspect in 12-year-old Missouri girl’s death arraigned

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by Associated Press

KMOV.com

Posted on August 27, 2013 at 1:16 PM

LAMAR, Mo. -- A man suspected of kidnapping, sexually assaulting and killing a 12-year-old southwest Missouri girl was arraigned under heavy security during a hearing in which he made little comment.

A dozen sheriff’s deputies and Missouri State Highway Patrol troopers were stationed in Barton County Circuit Court Monday while Bobby Bourne Jr., 34, of Lockwood, was arraigned in the death of Adriaunna Horton.

The body of the Golden City girl was found in nearby Dade County on Aug. 21, two days after she went missing. Bourne is charged with first-degree murder, forcible rape, statutory rape and child kidnapping.

Bourne, who wore a protective vest Monday, is being held in the Jasper County Jail in Carthage because of security concerns, The Joplin Globe reported. Other than answering a few questions, he remained silent during the hearing and did not enter a plea.

Public defender Joseph Zuzul told Associate Circuit Judge Charles Curless that attorneys had not been able to see Bourne even though the defendant had asked for a lawyer last week.

Zuzul filed motions asking the court to order the sheriff’s office to allow the public defenders access to Bourne during normal business hours and to order law enforcement not to destroy any evidence. The judge granted both motions.

After Bourne waived a formal reading of the charges, the judge assigned him two public defenders and set a prehearing conference for Sept. 9.

Bourne is a former co-worker and friend of James Horton, the girl’s father. Bourne initially denied having anything to do with her disappearance but later said he’d taken her to an abandoned house, according to a probable-cause affidavit. He told investigators the girl died after falling while she tried to flee. An autopsy determined she was strangled.

 

Barton County Prosecutor Steven Kaderly said Monday that the Missouri attorney general has offered to help prosecutors in the case.

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