GOLDEN CITY — The 34-year-old suspect who was arrested Monday shortly after the disappearance of 12-year-old Adriaunna Horton in Golden City was charged Friday with abducting, sexually assaulting and killing the girl.
Bobby D. Bourne Jr., of Lockwood, was being held in the Jasper County Jail in Carthage on $2 million bond on charges of child kidnapping, forcible and statutory rape and first-degree murder, according to court records. He was scheduled to be arraigned Monday.
Bourne's attorney, Alex Reiter, didn't immediately respond to a call from the Associated Press seeking comment.
Adriaunna Horton was reported missing at 5:34 p.m. Monday shortly after she was last seen getting into a vehicle at Hazel's Park in Golden City. Bourne was arrested about 90 minutes later in Golden City.
Law enforcement officers and volunteers conducted a massive search for the girl and her body was found Wednesday on private land in a rural area of neighboring Dade County. Authorities declined to say what led them to the child's body.
An autopsy was conducted Thursday but authorities haven't disclosed the cause of death.
Adriaunna's father, James Horton, said Bourne once worked for him and that their children played together. Adrianna's mother, Wendi Jackson, is from Overland Park, Kan.
Barton County Sheriff Mitchell Shaw said Bourne was transferred to Carthage because Jasper County's jail is bigger and better equipped to take care of him.
“I have a smaller jail and the security at the jail, I have short staffing,” Shaw said during a press conference Friday. “And I felt that where he was moved to, the facility he was moved to would be better apt to taking care of his needs.”
Barton County Prosecutor Steven Kaderly did not rule out seeking the death penalty during the news conference, which happened about an hour before the new charges were made public.
“I need to be more briefed on the facts and I haven't quite had the opportunity to do that,” Kaderly told reporters. “As your question sort of assumes the charge will be first degree murder, if it is first degree murder, then at some point a determination will be made whether to seek the death penalty. But it won't be made real quick. I have to consult with other council who will be on the case and look at the details of the case more closely.”
Officers clarified the timeline of events that happened on Monday.
Officers said the investigation established that Horton was seen getting into a vehicle at Hazel's park, less than a block from her home, at 4:55 p.m. Horton's father called 9-1-1 at 5:34 p.m. and Bourne was stopped while driving in Golden City about five blocks west of the park at 7:05 p.m.
Page 2 of 2 - Officers said they did not know the exact distance between the park and the site where Horton's body was found.
Kaderly was adament when he said the murder happened in Barton County.
“I think it's been established that the body was found in Dade County, but the crime will be shown, the defendant allegedly committed the crime in Barton County and it will be prosecuted by my office with the assistance of the Attorney General,” Kaderly said. “The crime occurred in Barton County.”
Editor's note: The Associated Press contributed to this story.