Jury Returns with Death Sentence for Brian Horn in DeSoto Parish
SHREVEPORT, LA - The jury in the Brian Horn murder case has decided he deserves the death penalty for the murder of 12-year-old Justin Bloxom of Stonewall.
The murder happened in March of 2010. Horn will now be transported back to the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola where he will be housed on death row. Death sentences are automatically appealed in Louisiana and that process will now begin.
The Keachi man has been found guilty for the second time for the first degree murder of 12-year-old Justin Bloxom in DeSoto Parish on March 30, 2010.
Horn was convicted of murder and sentenced to death in 2014, but that verdict was overturned by the State Supreme Court on a technicality involving some of the things Horn's attorney said during that trial. In this latest trial, the jury took only 20 minutes to find Horn guilty of the crime. The 12 member jury was chosen in Vernon Parish because of pretrial publicity in northwest Louisiana. The jury was transported to DeSoto Parish where the trial was held.
Horn lured Justin out of a friend's home by pretending to be a teenage girl on dozens of text messages on the early morning hours of March 30, 2010. The "girl" told Justin she was sending a cab to pick him up. Horn was driving that cab and he killed Justin after running out of gas in his green Action Taxi cab on Hwy 171 in the Stonewall area.
Justin’s body was found beyond a tree line in some shallow water off of the highway near Red Bluff Road.
The jury took less than an hour to return with the decision to sentence Horn to death for the brutal crime.
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