Prosecutors say a man who is accused of kidnapping and killing a 12-year-old southwest Missouri girl did it to get revenge after his wife and the girl’s father had an affair.
The potential motive for the August 2013 death of Adriaunna Horton of Golden City was revealed Thursday during a change of venue hearing in the Barton County Circuit Court case against Bobby Bourne Jr., of Lockwood.
Bourne has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder, statutory rape and child kidnapping. The state plans to seek the death penalty.
A motive has never been publicly stated, but a prosecutor briefly mentioned the state’s theory during the hearing, The Joplin Globe reported. The alleged affair occurred while Bourne was in jail, said Kevin Zoellner, an assistant attorney general.
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“When (Bourne) went to (jail), Mr. Horton wound up having a sexual affair with his wife,” Zoellner told Circuit Judge James Journey, adding that prosecutors believe “the payback was killing his daughter.”
A probable cause affidavit alleges that Bourne picked up the girl at Hazel Park in Golden City and took her to an abandoned house, where he questioned her about the whereabouts of her father, James Horton.
Bourne told investigators that Adriaunna died after she fell while trying to run from him. Investigators have said they found evidence of sexual assault and an autopsy determined the girl had been strangled.
The defendant’s wife, Brandy Bourne, and James Horton acknowledged the affair in a Thursday telephone interview with the newspaper.
They said it began when it appeared Bourne might be in prison for several years. When that changed, Brandy Bourne ended the relationship with Horton and told her husband about the affair, she said, and the couple went to marriage counseling when Bourne was released from jail. She said she now intends to divorce her husband.