Judge denies motions to delay trial of alleged child killer

By Nancy Cook | ncook@ktalnews.tv

Published 01/15 2014 07:47PM

Updated 01/15 2014 07:53PM

The capital murder trial of the man accused of kidnapping and killing a 12-year-old Stonewall boy in 2010 will begin in February, despite the man’s attempt to get his trial continued.

Brian Horn, 37, of Keachi, is accused in the March 30, 2010 death of Justin Bloxom. Defense attorney Daryl Gold filed two motions to quash indictments and another to continue his trial date, but District Judge Robert Burgess ruled against all of them.

Horn took the witness stand to explain to the court that he believed his family to have an undiagnosed mental illness that he learned about in a book he read during his incarceration, and also discussed his spiritual beliefs.  But Burgess was having none of it.  Gold said he would appeal today’s ruling with the Second Circuit Court of Appeals.

The trial is slated to begin with jury selection in East Baton Rouge Parish on Feb. 3. The court ruled that jurors from another parish could be used due to the vast publicity the crime generated in north Louisiana.

However, once the 12 jurors and two alternates are selected, they will be transported to DeSoto Parish and sequestered there until a verdict has been reached.

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