The process of determining what evidence will be allowed in the first-degree murder trial of Brian Horn continues in DeSoto Parish. The convicted sex offender is accused in the death 12-year-old Justin Bloxom two years ago next month.
According to investigators, Horn posed as a female and lured Bloxom, through text messages, to take a cab ride to supposedly meet up with a young girl. Instead, investigators believe that Horn attacked and smothered Bloxom and dumped his body in a wooded area.
The state is still trying to get some key evidence allowed at the trial, which Horn's attorney has fought. Prosecutors say they're working on bringing FBI investigator to the stand to explain what happened to a warrant for cell phone records seized from Horn's brother's truck following his arrest. Horn's defense has argued that investigators did not have permission to search the devices.
But the judge did hear testimony Thursday about previous crimes allegedly committed by Horn, including the rape of a teenaged girl in Missouri.
Horn was accused of taking at least two young girls in separate incidents to his car, where he allegedly fondled them. He was arrested by a Caddo Parish Deputy on a warrant related to one of those cases in 1998 and charged with indecency with a juvenile and contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile.
Also on Thursday, KSLA News 12 confirmed that Horn's attorney, Ross Owen, will be leaving the case.
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