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The Carthage Press
  • State to seek death penalty in Golden City case

  • The state will seek to put a Lockwood man to death if he is found guilty of kidnapping, raping and murdering a 12-year-old girl in Golden City girl last year.
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  • The state will seek to put a Lockwood man to death if he is found guilty of kidnapping, raping and murdering a 12-year-old girl in Golden City girl last year.
    Barton County Prosecutor Steven Kaderly filed a notice to seek the death penalty against Bobby Bourne Jr., in the murder of Adriaunna Horton on Aug. 19, 2013.
    Bourne is charged with three felony counts, first degree murder, statutory rape and child kidnapping in the case.
    Kaderly filed his notice to seek the death penalty on Jan. 23. Other motions filed this week delayed Bourne's arraignment before Judge James R. Bickel to 1 p.m., Feb. 19 at the Barton County Courthouse in Lamar.
    A new public defender, Thomas Jacquinot, filed a notice to appear on behalf of Bourne.
    Bickel granted Jacquinot's request to have Bourne appear in Lamar in person instead of by video conference as was requested on Jan. 14 when Bourne waived his right to a preliminary hearing.
    Horton 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.
    Witnesses saw her get into a truck matching the description of one driven by Bourne 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.
    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.

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