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January 14, 2014

Bobby Bourne waives preliminary hearing in Adrianna Horton murder, charges amended

LAMAR, Mo. — Bobby D. Bourne Jr., 34, of Lockwood, waived his preliminary hearing in Barton County Circuit Court today on multiple charges in the disappearance and death of Adriaunna Horton, 12, of Golden City, last summer.

Charges also have been amended against Bourne. He is now facing first-degree murder, kidnapping, and first-degree statutory rape charges. He had originally been facing a forcible rape charge, as well.

Bourne initially denied having taken Horton on Aug. 19 from Hazel Park in Golden City where she went to play with her sisters and friends. However, he later admitted having picked her up and directed investigators to the site in neighboring Dade County where her body was recovered two days later, according to probable cause affidavits.

Bourne told investigators that he drove the girl to a vacant home in Golden City to question her as to the whereabouts of her father, James Horton, a former friend and co-worker. Bourne told investigators Adriaunna fell as she tried to run away from him and died as a result of the fall, but an autopsy conducted in Springfield on Thursday found evidence that she had been strangled. Her body also showed signs of sexual assault.


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