Despite the defense's attempt to continue the Brian Horn capital murder trial, jury selection will begin March 11 in East Baton Rouge Parish.
Horn, who was in court today, is accused in the March 2010 murder of 12-year-old Justin Bloxom of Stonewall. Horn, who served time as a sex offender, allegedly lured Bloxom to his taxi through text messages in which he posed as a young girl.
Judge Robert Burgess today denied lead defense attorney Daryl Gold's ex parte motion to withdraw from the trial, though the motion remained sealed. (An ex parte decision is one decided by a without requiring all of the parties to the controversy to be present.)
But Burgess did not deny the motion until after he had a private meeting with Gold in his chambers. When he came back to open court, Burgess announced since he had ruled against the ex parte motion, there was no reason to grant the request for a continuance, which was based on a new defense attorney coming on board
Jury selection will take place in East Baton Rouge parish due to the media attention the case has had over the past four years. When the 12 jurors and alternates have been selected, they will be shuttled back to Desoto Parish, where they will be sequestered until a verdict is reached.