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Prosecutors ask jury to choose death penalty for Brian Horn

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Brian Horn, 37, has been found guilty of kidnapping and murdering 12-year-old Justin Bloxom of Stonewall in March of 2010. Brian Horn, 37, has been found guilty of kidnapping and murdering 12-year-old Justin Bloxom of Stonewall in March of 2010.
Amy Witham Fletcher with son, Justin Bloxom (Source: Amy Witham Fletcher via Facebook) Amy Witham Fletcher with son, Justin Bloxom (Source: Amy Witham Fletcher via Facebook)
Prosecutors convinced the jury that Horn, 37, posed as a 15-year-old girl to entice Bloxom via text to meet up with him for sex. Prosecutors convinced the jury that Horn, 37, posed as a 15-year-old girl to entice Bloxom via text to meet up with him for sex.
MANSFIELD, LA (KSLA) -

The state has rested its case in the sentencing phase in the capital murder trial of Brian Horn.

Horn, 37, was found guilty Wednesday of in the kidnapping and murder of 12-year-old Justin Bloxom.

Tearful testimony from murder victim Justin Bloxom's mother marked the start of the sentencing hearing Thursday morning. Amy Fletcher took the stand as she, the prosecutor and the jury all looked at photos of her son. A birthday message from Justin to his mother was also read aloud in court.

Fletcher was asked about a future without Justin, and she responded "I don't get to see him graduate, the football games, the dates, him getting married, I don't get to see grandchildren, I've lost all of that."

At different points during testimony, some jurors could be seen wiping away tears.

In addition to testimony, jurors will also  consider evidence offered by the state and the defense as they deliberate Horn's fate. Unlike at trial, they will also be asked to consider his criminal past. Prosecutor Dhu Thompson told the jurors that includes indecent behavior with a juvenile and an escape from jail in Caddo Parish.

Horn's defense attorney Daryl Gold wants them to consider his past as well, but he wants them to consider things like a history of molestation and abuse at the hands of a relative. Gold told the jury that Horn's parents were swingers, he had a very odd childhood and that he was institutionalized as a juvenile. Gold also told the jury that "the same system that failed him now wants to kill him."

Horn's mother is also expected to take the stand before the jury is asked to make their decision.

During closing arguments, Horn's defense attorney asked the jury to find Horn guilty of manslaughter, which carries a sentence of 40 years in prison. The jury of six women and six men from East Baton Rouge Parish deliberated for 45 minutes before returning the guilty verdict.

"I wasn't surprised," said a visibly upset Gold after hearing the verdict. He went on to say that he asked the district attorney's office to allow Horn to plead to a life sentence, and prosecutors said no deal.

Now, the jury has to decide whether Horn should receive the death penalty or spend the rest of his life in prison. The state is seeking death.

A death sentence is only possible if every juror agrees to it. If one juror does not, Horn would be sentenced to life in prison.

The defense is expected to begin making their case for life in prison rather than the death penalty on Friday. Among the witnesses expected to be called to the stand is Horn's mother.

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