Bourne murder trial postponed for a year

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LAMAR, Mo. – Attorneys for a man accused in the 2013 kidnap and murder of a 12-year-old girl in Barton County have successfully requested a postponement of the man’s trial from July 2016 to July of 2017.

Bobby Bourne, 38, is charged with child kidnapping and first-degree murder. He is accused in the death of Audriaunna Horton, who was reported missing in Barton County on Aug. 19, 2013.

Bourne’s attorneys on Friday sought the postponement, which the judge agreed to “in the interest of justice,” according to online court records. The prosecution objected to the delay.

Bourne’s trial is now set to begin July 10, 2017. He has a pretrial conference scheduled for Aug. 26, 2016.

The child victim in this case was reported missing after witnesses say she got into Bourne’s vehicle while playing with her sisters at Hazel Park in Golden City on Aug. 19, 2013.

According to the Horton family, Bourne worked with Audriaunna’s father and helped him on a construction project.

Bourne was arrested in connection with the child’s disappearance and admitted to police during an interview that he picked up Horton near the park. However, Bourne claimed he took the girl to an abandoned residence to question her about the location of her father, James.

Bourne says Horton ran away from him, fell down and died as a result of the fall.

Bourne later led investigators to a wooded area southeast of Golden City, where he said Horton’s body would be located. Investigators subsequently located the girl’s body in the general area three days after she was reported missing.

Bourne pleaded not guilty of the charges in February of 2014. The prosecution has filed a notice of intent to seek the death penalty against Bourne, who is being represented by public defenders in the capital defense division.

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