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Emotional Day 3 in Horn Trial

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Day three proved to be another emotional day for Justin Bloxom's family in the Brian Horn murder trial. Four years after the 12 year old was murdered, his accused killer has finally been brought to trial. Horn is accused of posing as a teenage girl in order to lure Justin out in the middle of the night back on March 29, 2010. Justin's body was found on March 30, 2010 in a wooded area off Highway 171.

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On Monday, Horn's brother, Kevin Horn was called by the prosecution to testify. Kevin told the court that back on March 30, 2010, his brother Brian asked if he could crash at Kevin's Shreveport home for a few days. Kevin says he told his brother he was welcome to stay on the couch. Kevin said his mom called a little while later asking if he had seen Brian. His mother reportedly told him that DeSoto Parish authorities were looking for Brian as a person of interest in the death of a DeSoto Parish child. That's when Kevin says he woke his brother up and told him what was going on. The two brothers then returned Brian's cab to Action Taxi then Kevin drove Brian to a DeSoto Parish substation.

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The defense was quick to use Kevin's testimony and point out to the jury that Brian never tried to run but instead, willingly went with his brother to talk to authorities. The prosecution's next witness was Robert Greer, a youth services detective for Caddo Parish Sheriff's Office at the time of Justin's death. Together Greer and prosecutor Dhu Thompson read the text messages between young Justin Bloxom's and who the boy thought was a teenage girl the night before and into the early morning hours before Justin was killed.

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Phone records show that the "girl" sent Justin over 2 dozen lewd picture messages that night and early morning. The records show that at one point, after receiving a picture of a woman performing a sexual act on a man, Justin texted back "hey, I'm only 12 years-old."

Text messages revealed Justin giving the "girl" directions to a Stonewall residence where he was staying. Information in the messages repeatedly made reference that the "girl" was picking Justin up so the two could engage in sexual acts. At one point, Justin said "Just forget it, I have a girlfriend." 

Of course, Justin eventually did get into the cab. The last text Justin sent to the "girl" was at 3:13am on March 30, 2010. The message from him read "car died." Justin's body was found hours later in some water off Highway 171. Autopsy results show he died of asphyxiation.

The actual cab, marked as M-28, was brought to the courthouse so the jury could get an up close look at the evidence. Detectives testified that at some point, Justin was taken to the location off Highway 171 and left in a shallow pool of water with scratches and bruises to his back, a cut on his lip and a gash under his eye. 

Co-prosecutor, Ron Stamps, told KTBS 3 News the significant's of having the jury look at the cab.

"Today the Taxi cab was used to demonstrate a key that was found on the crime scene. During the commission of the crime, the defendant, Brian Horn, actually lost a key to the taxi cab at the scene of the crime where the body was found. Through our investigation one day later we recovered that key to illustrate to the jury today that actual key is the key that matches this vehicle. We brought the jury out, turned the vehicle over to prove that was actually the same key that Brian Horn lost the same night that he killed Justin Bloxom" says Stamps.

Expert witness, Dr. Jessica Esparza of the North Louisiana Forensic DNA Lab processed all of the DNA evidence and swabs from the taxi cab and Justin's body. She says there were no presence of DNA profiles found on the swabs taken from inside the cab. Esparza said that this finding was "unusual" especially in a taxi. She went on to say that "cleaning can affect the amount of DNA present." She says she expected to see a mix DNA of individuals in a taxi.

Justin's mom, Amy, clenched onto a pictures of her son while tears flowed down her cheeks as witness after witness gave graphic details of the case including finding Justin's body. Amy sobbed as pieces of Justin's clothes were pulled from their evidence bags and displayed for the jury and court to see.

The day wrapped up with the Jury looking at the cab a little after 5:00 p.m. The prosecution expects to call its last witnesses on Tuesday. Defense attorney Daryl Gold is expected start calling his witnesses on Tuesday. 

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It's shaping up to be another emotional day for Justin Bloxom's family in the trial of accused child killer Brian Horn.

Text messages between Justin and who he thought was a teenage girl were read aloud this morning in court.

Horn's brother, Kevin, also testified this morning.

Brian Horn is charged with first-degree murder and aggravated kidnapping. Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty.

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