Convicted child killer found guilty second time in 2010 murder of 12-year-old Justin Bloxom

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A jury has decided 47-year-old Brian Horn should die by lethal injection for killing 12-year-old Justin Bloxom of Stonewall. Justin’s lifeless body was found along a highway in Desoto Parish in 2010. It’s the second time Horn has been convicted and sentenced to die for this brutal crime. Desoto District Attorney Charlie Adams believes this conviction will stick…

“This crime is still very much affecting this community and society. It is still painful for a lot of people.”

Horn was convicted for the first time in 2014, but the Louisiana Supreme Court vacated the conviction and death sentence over concerns his lawyers infringed on his Sixth Amendment right to effective counsel. Adams says his attorney in the second trial used the same strategy, having Horn admit guilt in the hopes of avoiding the death sentence…

“Should have been unnecessary to relive this trial but those are rules presented to us and those are the rules we live by and we prevail.”

The 47-year-old Horn will be formally sentenced on September 14th. It remains to be seen if the sentence will be carried as it has been since 2010 since an execution has taken place in Louisiana. But Adams says Horn’s case is why Louisiana has the death penalty….

“It’s not a diet are a quick fix. We’re really looking at long-term lifestyle changes that a patient can live with and still be a part of their community and part of their family.”

Authorities say Horn portrayed himself as a young girl to Justin in an exchange of text messages and made arrangements to pick him up in a taxi cab. Horn was the driver of that cab and strangled Bloxom after the cab ran out of gas on U-S Highway 171 in Stonewall.

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