MANSFIELD, LA (KSLA) - It could be January before the convicted sex offender accused in the abduction and murder of 12-year-old Justin Bloxom goes to trial.
DeSoto Parish deputies say the 36-year-old twice-convicted sex offender and cab driver posed as a 15-year-old girl via text message to lure Bloxom out of a friend's house in March 2010. The boy's body was found in a wooded area along U.S. Highway 171 the next day.
Jury selection was originally set to get under way on June 24 in Lafayette, in an effort to find a pool of jurors less likely to have heard of or have much knowledge about the case. The trial itself will take place in DeSoto Parish.
In mid-April, however, Horn's defense asked for more time to prepare. The judge agreed.
Prosecutors then asked for an August trial date for Horn, but his defense attorneys argued they needed more time than that to research and compile all of the information that would be considered in the penalty phase of the trial, should Horn be convicted.
Now, both sides are waiting to hear from State District Judge Robert Burgess on when and where jury selection will take place.
In the meantime, Burgess has set strict timelines, requiring monthly updates from the defense on how their preparation is coming along.
DeSoto Parish District Attorney Richard Johnson says three possible venues for the jury selection were discussed at a hearing in district court on Monday: East Baton Rouge, Lafayette and Ouachita Parish.
Burgess has not set a specific date or deadline by which a decision on either the date or the venue will be set.
If convicted, Brian Horn faces the death penalty.