DESOTO PARISH, LA (KSLA) - Investigators from DeSoto Parish have arrested 34-year-old Brian Douglas Horn, a registered sex offender, for the alleged murder of a 12-year-old Stonewall, LA boy.
Investigators say Justin M. Bloxom was last seen at a home on Douglas Lane in Stonewall, Louisiana.
Police say that Horn, a taxi driver who worked out of Bossier City, allegedly murdered the boy.
Efforts to track Horn down led to Action Taxi on Barksdale Boulevard in Bossier City, where employees were told by police to be on the lookout for him and to call immediately if he showed up, which he did a short time later.
However Horn didn't stay long, leaving his taxi behind. It's the one authorities believe was seen near where the little boy's body was found.
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When will they learn that a Sex Offender cannot be rehabilitated. Prayers for Justin's family.
Looks like he has had 2 charges before.
Interesting that his employer knew he was a RSO but didn't think he could refuse employment. So, he hires a RSO as a cab driver.
Rest in peace, Justin.
Posted: Mar 30, 2010 3:04 PM
Updated: Mar 30, 2010 6:43 PM
The body of a missing 12-year-old DeSoto Parish boy was found this afternoon in woods near Stonewall in the north part of the parish.
A registered sex offender -- who is believed to have been seen coming out of the same woods early today -- surrendered to DeSoto authorities later in the day and was undergoing questioning by investigators.
Authorities said the body is that of Justin Bloxom, who was last seen about 3 a.m. at a friend's home in Stonewall. They were on spring break from school. Investigators said Justin was texting someone.
Justin's body was found about 1:30 p.m. Deputies said it was approximately 100 yards off U.S. 171. Sheriff's investigator Adam Ewing said it is believed Justin was killed somewhere else and his body dumped in the woods.
Authorities identified the suspect as Brian Douglas Horn, 34, of Keatchie. He drove for Action Taxi of Bossier City, authorities said.
Horn was a registered sex offender. He pleaded no-contest in 1995 to charges of indecent behavior with an underage girl, Caddo District Court records show.
I'm showing another charge after that in 2008.
A taxi driver? He gets to cruise the streets with impunity. Why would this have been an acceptable job?
Oh, how I wish we could develop "sheltered work-shops" for RSOs where they could honestly earn their keep, have a quality of life, and an incentive to stay "clean". But, they could constantly be supervised while at work. Their supervisors would also immediately know if someone failed to show up.
We insist that many of our disabled adults or elders with dementia be closely supervised. Why can't we do that for RSOs who've done their time? I'm not talking about civil commitment. I'm seeing something more of a communal way of life and transport to and from a work site. Other countries do this, why can't we? At least cut down on the opportunity to re-offend with those who have passed stringent evaluations.
My prayers go out to the family for their loss.
I totally agree.
A cab driver drives around all day. Just think how easy it is for him to see a 12 yo child or any other child that could be snatched. He could go by the child several times with out being "hinky" cause, it's a cab.
It's bad enough that RSOs go on to re-offend -- but to kill a young boy? It's the ultimate evil in perversion.
Prayers for those who loved him & that true justice will prevail.
Here in Oregon, SOs are NOT a protected class. I don't believe they enjoy that status and protection in any state. That's why employers and landlords have the right to ask about any registry requirements. Different "classes" enjoy varying levels of protections depending on the state.
It becomes a very sticky situation for juveniles as their records are private. Many people don't know that a juvenile offender could be sitting next to their child in middle or high school as the school is not necessarily privy to that info. A juvenile offender might also be living in an apartment next door to a family with children as the landlord doesn't know. Registered foster families (for children, adults, and the disabled), though, must have background checks run on ALL people living in the family. We all know, though, that this rule is frequently broken.
A frightening component of the taxi driver issue is that I've seen parents leave a child in a taxi with the driver for a few minutes while they run in to get a gallon of milk--with the meter running. I would think that a taxi company owner would be terrified of the liability issues with that.
Does anyone know at whose house this child was found and how the SO came across him?
Justin, may you rest in peace, honey. I am so sorry. I'm sorry the system failed to keep you protected.
Justin Bloxom was lured by this POS who pretended to be a teen girl. The "suspect" texted Justin at 3:00AM pretending to be the girl and said SHE was sending a taxi to pick him up.
LE is looking into a social networking site which may be the connection.
POS's muddy boots were found in his brother's pick-up. Tehy have witnesses placing his taxi at the scene of the crime.
This is all too sad. It's senseless. A rotten reoffending pedophile now gets housed and fed while this poor boys family will suffer.
Why is he only being charged with second degree murder ?
What lies behind you and what lies in front of you pales in comparison to what lies inside of you....
Ralph Waldo Emerson ~
That's despicable!! Luring makes me sick to my stomach. Anyone know if the cab company will bear any liability in this awful crime?
And I agree, why 2nd degree. Wouldn't there be kidnapping in the mix?
I would guess they will be able to upgrade the charges once the autopsy is complete and they decide they want to pursue the death penalty?
LOUISIANA’S SECOND DEGREE MURDER LAW
LA R.S. 14:30.1
A. Second degree murder is the killing of a human being:
(1) When the offender has a specific intent to kill or to inflict great bodily harm; or
(2) When the offender is engaged in the perpetration or attempted perpetration of aggravated rape, forcible rape, aggravated arson, aggravated burglary, aggravated kidnapping, second degree kidnapping, aggravated escape, assault by drive-by shooting, armed robbery, first degree robbery, second degree robbery, simple robbery, cruelty to juveniles, second degree cruelty to juveniles, or terrorism, even though he has no intent to kill or to inflict great bodily harm.
(3) When the offender unlawfully distributes or dispenses a controlled dangerous substance listed in Schedules I or II of the Uniform Controlled Dangerous Substances Law which is the direct cause of the death of the recipient who ingested or consumed the controlled dangerous substance.
(4) When the offender unlawfully distributes or dispenses a controlled dangerous substance listed in Schedules I or II of the Uniform Controlled Dangerous Substances Law to another who subsequently distributes or dispenses such controlled dangerous substance which is the direct cause of the death of the person who ingested or consumed the controlled dangerous substance.
B. Whoever commits the crime of second degree murder shall be punished by life imprisonment at hard labor without benefit of parole, probation, or suspension of sentence.
Louisiana First Degree MurderLA R.S. 14:30
A. First degree murder is the killing of a human being:
(1) When the offender has specific intent to kill or to inflict great bodily harm and is engaged in the perpetration or attempted perpetration of aggravated kidnapping, second degree kidnapping, aggravated escape, aggravated arson, aggravated rape, forcible rape, aggravated burglary, armed robbery, drive-by shooting, first degree robbery, simple robbery, or terrorism.
(2) When the offender has a specific intent to kill or to inflict great bodily harm upon a fireman, peace officer, or civilian employee of the Louisiana State Police Crime Laboratory or any other forensic laboratory engaged in the performance of his lawful duties, or when the specific intent to kill or to inflict great bodily harm is directly related to the victim's status as a fireman, peace officer, or civilian employee.
(3) When the offender has a specific intent to kill or to inflict great bodily harm upon more than one person.
(4) When the offender has specific intent to kill or inflict great bodily harm and has offered, has been offered, has given, or has received anything of value for the killing.
(5) When the offender has the specific intent to kill or to inflict great bodily harm upon a victim who is under the age of twelve or sixty-five years of age or older.
(6) When the offender has the specific intent to kill or to inflict great bodily harm while engaged in the distribution, exchange, sale, or purchase, or any attempt thereof, of a controlled dangerous substance listed in Schedules I, II, III, IV, or V of the Uniform Controlled Dangerous Substances Law.
(7) When the offender has specific intent to kill and is engaged in the activities prohibited by R.S. 14:107.1(C)(1).
B. For the purposes of Paragraph A(2) of this Section, the term "peace officer" means any peace officer, as defined in R.S. 40:2402, and includes any constable, marshal, deputy marshal, sheriff, deputy sheriff, local or state policeman, commissioned wildlife enforcement agent, federal law enforcement officer, jail or prison guard, parole officer, probation officer, judge, attorney general, assistant attorney general, attorney general's investigator, district attorney, assistant district attorney, or district attorney's investigator.
C. Whoever commits the crime of first degree murder shall be punished by death or life imprisonment at hard labor without benefit of parole, probation, or suspension of sentence in accordance with the determination of the jury.
Second degree murder only requires probable cause and the normal arrest process. First degree cases need an indictment from a grand jury (to bring the death penalty into play).
He was probably arrest under the second degree charge and will upgraded to first degree when the grand jury has had time to hear the case and bring an indictment.
OUR CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM
An overview of Law & Justice in the 16th Judicial District
IX. The Grand Jury procedure
Under Louisiana Law, a grand jury must investigate cases dealing with capital murder and cases where the possible punishment is death or life imprisonment.
DeSoto DA to seek death penalty against accused child killer
Posted: April 2, 2010 6:46 PM EST Updated: April 2, 2010 6:46 PM EST
DESOTO PARISH, LA (KSLA) - The DeSoto Parish District Attorney's office says it will not offer a plea bargain for accused murderer, Brian Horn. Horn, a cab driver and registered sex offender, allegedly smothered 12-year-old Justin Bloxom to death in Stonewall on Tuesday.
District Attorney Richard Johnson says he will seek the death penalty for Horn in this case.
Statement from Kevin Horn; DeSoto murder suspect's brother
Posted: Apr 02, 2010 1:14 PM CDT Updated: Apr 02, 2010 2:48 PM CDT
My family and I have deepest sorrow for Justin and his loved ones.
I, Kevin Horn, brought my brother to DeSoto Parish Sheriff's Substation immediately after finding out that Brian was the prime suspect in this heinous crime. Brian will not find any support from us because we do not condone a murderer.
My family and I have been thrown into this nightmare and do not want to believe that this is true, but unfortunately we have to deal with the facts that are in front of us.
Please do not judge our family as we are the ones that brought Brian in and are in no way trying to protect him from justice. He chose his life and now he must pay for the crime he committed."
Rest in peace, Justin.
Another one gone too soon.
My prayers go out to the Horn family and continue for Justin and his family, of course. It is devastating to realize that someone you love has committed the unthinkable. Crimes such as this have a huge ripple effect and can ruin families.
It appears to me that this was planned as a "last crime". Mr. Horn took few steps to conceal his actions. He wanted what he wanted and he seemed to accept the consequences. Have I ever mentioned that it really unhinges me to see mug shots of people who I can imagine visiting in my home. To me, there's not a single scary thing about Mr. Horn. I can certainly see why Justin would have no fear (only the sense of risk and excitement about meeting a girl) in getting into a cab with this man. In many ways, that makes it all the more frightening. It's exactly like a nice looking man asking a child pleasantly to help look for a lost puppy. The oldest tricks in the book still work, just with a modern twist.
I'm left with a pesky concern about why Horn would so willingly go with his brother to turn himself in. Obviously, the man can drive so that rules out serious mental defect but I wonder if there is some other extenuating circumstance like being off his meds, impulse control issues, etc. If so, this man should have never been allowed in the community at large. The sadness and resignation with which the brother speaks for the family tell me that they've dealt with problems with this man for years. I'm surprised and concerned that their worries about their relative were not taken under consideration. They surely do not seem shocked at the outcome.
They have my deepest respect tonight.
Yes missizzy I think they have known of his perversion with children for a while.
From what I can find, he had 2 charges before. Both females children.
Looks like he spent some time in prison for one of the crimes.
I don't know why our country lets these people out. It's been shown over and over again that they can not be rehabilitated. Our children are the ones who suffer.
Drug charges get more time than crimes against our children. Very sad.
IMO we need to reprioritize.
I applaud this family for disowning this monster! Death cannot come too soon for him imo. Bless his poor mother and fathers hearts, they will live the rest of their days knowing they brought a monster into this world...may his death bring them peace. I personally believe they should set his arse on the courthouse steps and let Justin's Daddy have at him. Why waste the tax payers money...just kill him already!
I hardly think that Horn's death will bring peace to his family. It doesn't work that way. I have a son in prison for attempted rape and I would never disown him, although I abhor his crime. I stay in touch with him through letters.
My hope is that this family will be helped to heal through intensive therapy and come to some sort of closure with their son. For their sake, they need to communicate their thoughts and reactions and absolute disappointment in him. He needs to hear their words. Even if he cannot "hear", these words must be sent to him.
The brother is a fine letter writer. Let's hope that the entire family writes to him as I feel this will be cathartic to their closure.