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The Carthage Press
  • Bourne seeks change of venue for trial

  • The defendant in a criminal case involving the kidnapping and murder of a Golden City girl is asking that a judge either bring in a jury from another county or move the trial out of Barton County.
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  • The defendant in a criminal case involving the kidnapping and murder of a Golden City girl is asking that a judge either bring in a jury from another county or move the trial out of Barton County.
    Bobby D. Bourne Jr., 34, Lockwood, has pleaded not guilty to charges of first degree murder, statutory rape and child kidnapping in the Aug. 19, 2013 death of Adriaunna Horton, 12.
    He is accused of kidnapping Horton from a park in Golden City after her first day in sixth grade, taking her to a farm outside town, raping her, then concealing her body on a farm just outside town.
    Horton's body was found after an intense search lasting two days and involving hundreds of volunteers and law enforcement officers from several jurisdictions.
    On Wednesday, Bourne's attorney, Thomas Jacquinot, filed an application for a change of venue, asking that the court move the trial out of Barton County, or bring in a jury from another county, in the event this case proceeds to trial.
    The next hearing in this case is set for 1 p.m. Monday, March 17.
    In his motion, Jacquinot said he hopes to negotiate an agreement with the prosecution on which option to pursue before the March 17 hearing.
    "Mr. Bourne requests the opportunity to present evidence regarding pretrial publicity prior to the court's final ruling on this application because this case has received substantial publicity via television, newsprint, internet and social media," the motion states. "One can reasonably conclude that this high level of publicity will be ongoing and peak as this case advances to a jury trial. Therefore, even though this application must be sustained as a matter of right, Mr. Bourne notes that a suitable county should be one that is insulated from future litigation on a venue based upon Constitutional 'fundamental fairness.'
    "Mr. Bourne suggests this court to consider the extent of publicity in choosing a suitable county. This case has received state-wide media attention, however, coverage has been most intensive in Southwest Missouri media outlets based in Joplin and Springfield."
    The motion asks that a judge "analyze the media coverage to date and anticipated," and consider "the demands and complexity that surround jury selection in a capital case."
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