The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

Crime & Courts

January 14, 2014

Defendant waives hearing in Golden City girl’s slaying

LAMAR, Mo. — Bobby Bourne Jr. waived a preliminary hearing Tuesday on amended charges in the abduction, rape and slaying of 12-year-old Adriaunna Horton of Golden City.

Bourne, 34, was transported to the hearing in Lamar from the Eastern Reception, Diagnostic and Correctional Center in Bonne Terre, where the defendant is serving time for previous convictions. He appeared in court in shackles and county jail garb.

Barton County Prosecutor Steven Kaderly filed an amended complaint, dropping a count of forcible rape that Bourne was facing. He remains charged with first-degree murder, kidnapping and statutory rape of the girl, and he told Associate Circuit Judge Charles Curless that he wished to waive a preliminary hearing on those counts.

The judge ordered Bourne bound over for trial and set his arraignment in a trial division for Feb. 3.

The Horton girl was abducted Aug. 19 from Hazel Park in Golden City. Her body was recovered two days later from a wooded area in nearby Dade County.

The Lockwood man was arrested the night the girl disappeared and eventually led authorities to her body, according to a probable-cause affidavit. The affidavit states that he confessed to picking her up at the park and taking her to a vacant house in Golden City to question her concerning the whereabouts of her father. The document does not state why he wanted to know where the girl’s father was.

Bourne told authorities that the girl tried to run from him and fell in a manner that caused her death. Investigators believe she was sexually assaulted, and an autopsy determined that she had been strangled.

Brandy Bourne, the defendant’s wife, has acknowledged a previous antagonism between her husband and the girl’s father, James Horton, who worked together on home repair jobs. She told the Globe that Bourne believed James Horton stole some of his tools and a compressor while he was serving time in jail from October 2012 through February 2013 for a domestic assault involving a stepdaughter.

Horton and Bourne’s wife had kept the home repair business going while Bourne was in jail.

Family present

ADRIAUNNA HORTON’S GRANDPARENTS and an uncle were in court Tuesday to see Bobby Bourne Jr. bound over for trial.

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