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Judge adamant Horn capital murder trial will not be postponed

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Twice-convicted sex offender and taxi driver Brian Horn is awaiting trial in the abduction and murder of 12-year-old Justin Bloxom. Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty. Twice-convicted sex offender and taxi driver Brian Horn is awaiting trial in the abduction and murder of 12-year-old Justin Bloxom. Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty.
12-year-old Justin Bloxom was killed in March of 2010, allegedly at the hands of convicted sex offender Brian Horn. 12-year-old Justin Bloxom was killed in March of 2010, allegedly at the hands of convicted sex offender Brian Horn.
MANSFIELD, LA (KSLA) -

A DeSoto Parish judge says he is determined not to postpone the trial of the man accused of kidnapping and killing a 12-year-old Stonewall boy nearly four years ago.

That's in spite of a request by 37-year-old Brian Horn's attorneys for more time to hire a fingerprint expert of their own to analyze fingerprint evidence gathered using "enhanced" technology.

Horn, a twice-convicted sex offender, is facing charges of first degree murder and aggravated kidnapping in the March 30, 2010 asphyxiation death of 12-year-old Justin Bloxom. Jury selection in his capital murder trial is set to get under way next week in East Baton Rouge.  

The defense request for more time is the latest in a series of delays.

At Wednesday's hearing, Judge Robert Burgess made it clear that he is adamant about the trial going forward, saying that it will happen before the summer, even if it means forgoing the admission of the fingerprint evidence.

However, Burgess says he does have questions for the state's forensics expert, who lifted the prints using methods that enhance the ridges and valleys. The hearing will continue with testimony from that expert on Monday.

In light of the possibility of a delay as a result of this issue, Burgess said in court that he has been trying to reach officials in East Baton Rouge, where an entire courtroom has been reserved for the month of February for jury selection. However, offices there remain closed due to the ongoing winter weather emergency in South Louisiana.

Horn was in court for Wednesday's hearing, as well as members of Bloxom's family. Attorneys for Horn had no comment.

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