Convicted child killer again sentenced to die for killing 12-year-old Justin Bloxom

Brian Horn’s mother testified for the defense as part of the sentencing phase of his trial
(Source: Tamer Knight/KSLA News 12)
Published: Jul. 6, 2023 at 3:44 PM CDT
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MANSFIELD, La. (KSLA) — A jury of his peers again has sentenced convicted child killer Brian Horn to die for killing 12-year-old Justin Bloxom.

The 47-year-old is scheduled to be formally sentenced Sept. 14.

“Today, we took another step toward justice for Justin,” DeSoto District Attorney Charlie Adams told KSLA News 12. “The jury properly has administered the penalty of death. It is deserving in this case.”

The prosecutor also shared the following statement with KSLA News 12:

Earlier Thursday, Horn’s mother testified that she thinks the child’s death was a horrible accident.

Debra Abshire testified for the defense as the sentencing phase of Horn’s trial continued at the DeSoto Parish Courthouse in Mansfield.

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Horn twice now has been found guilty of killing Bloxom. The child’s body was found in late March 2010 in a wooded field off U.S. Highway 171 in DeSoto Parish.

Abshire testified that she always knew something was wrong with Brian, that he was diagnosed with ADHA and dyslexia and that he didn’t want her to have his brother Kevin.

Her marriage with her children’s father was not good. He was a drinker, unloyal and didn’t help take care of Brian and Kevin. He eventually took care of them after the divorce because he didn’t want to pay child support. she said.

Abshire also testified that they sold drugs but later were arrested and that they were swingers in their marriage.

Curtis Horn was subpoenaed to be in court this trial and the last trial but never has shown up.