Opening arguments begin in Brian Horn 1st Degree Murder trial

By Nancy Cook |

Published 03/28 2014 02:27PM

Updated 03/28 2014 03:03PM

Horn is accused in the March 2010 death of 12-year-old Justin Bloxom.

In the prosecution's opening statements, Desoto Parish Assistant District Attorney Ron Stamps spoke to the horrendous nature of the crime in which he said Justin was lured into Horn's taxi through text messages from Horn posing as a teenage girl promising sexual favors.

But Jay Florence, attorney who opened for the defense, told jurors the prosecution wanted vengeance, not justice. He told the jury Horn was not guilty of first degree murder because he didn't intend to kill Justin, saying their decision should not be based on sympathy or compassion, but on the law.

The first witness called by the prosecution was Amy Fletcher, Justin's mother, who tearfully described the day leading up to her son's disappearance and death.

She was followed by Justin's best friend, who Justin was sleeping over with that night, the friend's two older brothers, who were with the boys that night, and a classmate of Justin's, who was a neighbor of Horn's and friend of his step-daughter. She testified Horn borrowed her cell phone "to get ringtones," and said Justin's phone number was in her phone.

NBC 6 has a reporter in the courtroom and will have more on this trial as it becomes available on-air and online.

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