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Brian Horn trial: Capital murder jury goes on field trip to crime scene

The jury in the Brian Horn first degree murder trial this afternoon got a look at the actual crime scene where 12-year-old Justin Bloxom was found suffocated and face down in a pool of water on March 30, 2010.

The jury in the Brian Horn first degree murder trial this afternoon got a look at the actual crime scene where 12-year-old Justin Bloxom was found suffocated and face down in a pool of water on March 30, 2010.  

District Judge Robert Burgess, the prosecution and defense teams, along with Horn went to the wooded area off Highway 171 where Bloxom allegedly was smothered by the defendant.  Desoto Parish Sheriff Rodney Arbuckle said security was provided by six members of his staff

The jury in the Brian Horn first degree murder trial this afternoon got a look at the actual crime scene where 12-year-old Justin Bloxom was found suffocated and face down in a pool of water on March 30, 2010.  

District Judge Robert Burgess, the prosecution and defense teams, along with Horn went to the wooded area off Highway 171 where Bloxom allegedly was smothered by the defendant.

The jury had spent the morning in the jury box of the large third-floor courtroom in the Desoto Parish Courthouse listening to the prosecution question crime scene investigators and law enforcement officers explain in detail the investigation into young Bloxom’s disappearance, and how they were able to find his body, along with what led to the arrest of Horn.

Then, at 1 p.m., Burgess announced the court would recess and resume at 9:30 a.m. Monday.  He said some “administrative” matters needed to be addressed in his chambers.

Desoto Parish Sheriff Rodney Arbuckle said six members of his staff accompanied the group to the crime scene.

The jury had spent the morning in the jury box of the large third-floor courtroom in the Desoto Parish Courthouse listening to the prosecution question crime scene investigators and law enforcement officers explain in detail the investigation into young Bloxom’s disappearance, and how they were able to find his body, along with what led to the arrest of Horn.

Then, at 1 p.m., Burgess announced the court would recess and resume at 9:30 a.m. Monday.  He said some “administrative” matters needed to be addressed in his chambers.  About an hour later, the motorcade left the courthouse square. 

A first degree murder conviction carries with it either the death penalty or life in prison without possibility of parole, probation or suspension of sentence. If the jury convicts Horn, the trial will then go into the penalty phase, and they will hear testimony from witnesses as to whether he lives or dies. They will then be charged with deciding Horn's fate.

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