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Defense rests without calling witnesses in Horn trial

Posted: Updated: April 2, 2014 12:17 PM CDT
Brian Horn, 37, is charged with kidnapping and murdering 12-year-old Justin Bloxom of Stonewall in March of 2010. Brian Horn, 37, is charged with kidnapping and murdering 12-year-old Justin Bloxom of Stonewall in March of 2010.
Justin Bloxom was 12 years old when prosecutors say he was lured to his death by Horn via text message. Justin Bloxom was 12 years old when prosecutors say he was lured to his death by Horn via text message.
Bloxom's body was found in a wooded area off Highway 171 on March 31, 2010. Bloxom's body was found in a wooded area off Highway 171 on March 31, 2010.
SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) -

Closing arguments are under way in the capital murder trial of Brian Horn, accused of kidnapping and killing a 12-year-old Stonewall boy.

The defense rested just after 10 a.m. Wednesday without calling a single witness.

Prosecutors say Horn, 37, posed as a 15-year-old girl to entice Bloxom via text to meet up with him for sex.

The boy's body was found in a wooded area off Highway 171 on March 31, 2010.

The state rested its case on Tuesday afternoon, after an expert witness confirmed Bloxom's fingerprints were found on the cab Horn was driving at the time of the boy's death.

The forensic pathologist also testified that Bloxom's death by asphyxiation was no accident.

Bloxom's mother, Amy Witham Fletcher has been in court for every day of the trial, surrounded by family and friends. At times, during the particularly difficult moments, she has been seen bowing her head and closing her eyes.

After the defense rested its case, Judge Robert Burgess told the court there would be "no lunch" at that point. 

While the trial was expected to move quickly, KSLA News 12's Fred Childers says there was still some sense of surprise in the courtroom at just how quickly it appears to be heading toward deliberation.

If convicted, Horn could face the death penalty.

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