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The Carthage Press
  • Bourne bound over for trial on charges in Golden City murder

  • The man accused of kidnapping and killing 12-year-old Adriaunna Horton in Golden City last September was bound over for trial after waiving his preliminary hearing Tuesday before Barton County Judge Charles Curless.
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  • LAMAR — The man accused of kidnapping and killing 12-year-old Adriaunna Horton in Golden City last September was bound over for trial after waiving his preliminary hearing Tuesday before Barton County Judge Charles Curless.
    Bobby D. Bourne Jr., 34, Lockwood, appeared in court in Lamar on Tuesday, speaking only to answer questions from Curless.
    Bourne also learned that one of the charges against him, the forcible rape count, was being dropped.
    Bourne is now charged with first degree murder, kidnapping and statutory rape in he death of 12-year-old Adriaunna Horton, who was reported missing from a Golden City park shortly after having come home from her first day of school in the sixth grade on Monday, Aug. 19, 2013.
    A cordon of four Barton County Sheriff's Deputies surrounded Bourne as he stood before Judge Curless in the courtroom.
    Other than media, about seven people, mostly family of Adriauanna Horton, sat in the courtroom to watch the proceedings.
    Curless scheduled arraignment for Bourne for 1 p.m. Monday, Feb. 3. The defense attorney asked that the arraignment be held by video conference.
    Witnesses saw her get into a truck at the park. Law enforcement officers and volunteers searched for two days for the girl before her body was found on a rural farm just outside Golden City in Dade County.
    Bourne was stopped and detained in Golden City less than an hour after the girl's disappearance and has been in custody ever since. He was sent back to state prison on a probation violation after the charges were filed in the Horton case.
    According to a probable cause affidavit, Bourne initially denied taking the girl, then admitted to the murder and led investigators to her body.
    Bourne is serving a 15-year sentence handed down in Cedar County after he admitted he violated his probation. He was on probation after pleading guilty to charges of domestic assault, assaulting a police office and resisting arrest.
    The preliminary hearing is where the prosecution sets out enough evidence to prove to a judge that they have a case and a reasonable jury might find the defendant guilty.

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