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Capital murder trial date set for accused killer of 12-year-old

The date has been set for the first degree murder trial of the Shreveport taxi driver accused of killing 12-year-old Justin Bloxom of Stonewall in March 2010.
The date has been set for the first degree murder trial of the Shreveport taxi driver accused of killing 12-year-old Justin Bloxom of Stonewall in March 2010.

Jury selection in the trial of Brian Horn will begin Feb. 10, 2014 in East Baton Rouge District Court.

Horn is accused of luring Bloxom to his taxi through text messages in which he posed as a young girl. The jury will be selected from East Baton Rouge Parish. After jury selection is complete, however, the jury will be taken back to DeSoto Parish and sequestered in a hotel there for the duration of the trial.

In response to an early change of venue motion submitted by Horn's then defense attorney Ross Owen, DeSoto Parish District Judge Robert Burgess ruled that the jury could be selected from another parish, but would be brought back to DeSoto Parish for the actual trial. Originally, the jury pool was to be selected from Liincoln Parish, but it was found there were not enough prospective jurors from which to draw a death-penalty-qualified panel. Then Lafayette Parish was selected, but costs involved were prohibitive.

Finally East Baton Rouge was selected in that a courtroom is always available,and personnel will be available to assist in selecting jurors, and a large jury pool is available.

The Bloxom case has gained national attention, and three states, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Texas have laws on the books inspired by the case. "Justin's Law" places employment restrictions and tougher penalties on violent sex offenders.

Brian Horn had been twice convicted and served time as a sex offender, yet was hired by a local taxi company.


 
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