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August 26, 2013

Bobby Bourne waives formal reading of charges during first court appearance

LAMAR, Mo. — Bobby D. Bourne Jr., 34, of Lockwood, waived formal reading of the charges against him this afternoon during his arraignment in Barton County Circuit Court on multiple charges in the disappearance and death of Adriaunna Horton.

Bourne, who is charged with the kidnapping, rape and murder of the 12-year-old Golden City girl, was informed of his rights by Associate Circuit Judge Charles Curless during the hearing.

Public Defenders Joe Zuzul and Frank Yankovic appeared in court on Bourne's behalf and were assigned to his case after settling the question of whether Bourne had filed an application for a public defender.

A preharing conference has been set for 9 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 10.

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 released over the weekend.

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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