Statement of Probable Cause: Bobby Bourne, Jr.

Statement of Probable Cause: Bobby Bourne, Jr.

Barton County Prosecuting Attorney Steven Kaderly releases Statement of Probable Cause for Bobby Bourne, Jr on Sunday.
The Barton County Prosecuting Attorney, Steven Kaderly released the Statement of Probable Cause for Bobby Bourne, Jr. on Sunday.  The statement is for the charge of Murder in the 1st Degree.  

Investigators say that on August 19th around 4:55pm, 12 year old Adriaunna Horton was playing in Hazel Park in Golden City with her two juvenile sisters.  Horton was observed by 2 other juveniles, playing in the park at the time, getting into the front passenger door of a blue 1998 Ford Expedition driven by Bobby Don Bourne, Jr.  Adriaunna's sisters ran to their grandfathers residence and reported that Adriaunna had left the park with Bourne.  Horton's family began a search of the area for her and then reported her missing to Barton County 911 at approximately 5:22pm.

At approximately 7:05pm, Missouri State Highway Patrol Trooper Justin Leemasters, observed the blue 1998 Ford Expedition traveling on Mill Street in Golden City and conducted a traffic stop.  Bourne denied picking Horton up at the park and advised he had no knowledge of where she was.  Bourne was subsequently arrested and charged with felony Child Kidnapping.  

During post-Miranda interviews conducted with Bourne, he admitted to picking Horton up near Hazel Park.  He stated that he drove her to an abandoned residence in Golden City and questioned her as to the location of her father, James Horton.  Bourne claimed Horton ran away from him, fell down, and died as a result of falling.  Bourne* led investigators to a wooded area southeast of Golden City where he advised Horton's body was located.  Horton's body was subsequently located by investigators in that general area.  Based on observations made of Horton's body there is evidence that she was sexually assaulted.  During a subsequent autopsy, the cause of Horton's death was determined to be strangulation.

Vernon Ring, Deputy Sheriff
Barton County Sheriff's Department

*The statement actually says Horton, we believe this was a typographical error.
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