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Neosho Daily News - Neosho, MO
  • Preliminary hearing for Bourne postponed

  • The preliminary hearing for the man suspected in the rape and murder of a 12-year-old Golden City girl has been postponed one week.
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  • The preliminary hearing for the man suspected in the rape and murder of a 12-year-old Golden City girl has been postponed one week.
    In a post on his on-line Twitter feed, Barton County Attorney Stephen H. Kaderly announced that the preliminary hearing for Bobby D. Bourne Jr., 34, Lockwood, originally slated for 1 p.m. today, had been postponed until 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 14, at the Barton County Courthouse in Lamar.
    Kaderly did not give a reason for the postponement, and there were no entries after Dec. 24, 2013 on the docket for Bourne's case on the state's on-line court docket.
    Bourne is charged with four felonies, child kidnapping, statutory rape, forcible rape and first degree murder, in the death of 12-year-old Adriaunna Horton, who was reported missing from a Golden City park shortly after having come home from her first day of school in the sixth grade on Monday, Aug. 19, 2013.
    Witnesses saw her get into a truck at the park. Law enforcement officers and volunteers searched for two days for the girl before her body was found on a rural farm just outside Golden City in Dade County.
    Bourne was stopped and detained in Golden City less than an hour after the girl's disappearance and has been in custody ever since. He was sent back to state prison on a probation violation after the charges were filed in the Horton case.
    Bourne is serving a 15-year sentence handed down in Cedar County after he admitted he violated his probation. He was on probation after pleading guilty to charges of domestic assault, assaulting a police office and resisting arrest.
    The preliminary hearing is where the prosecution sets out enough evidence to prove to a judge that they have a case and a reasonable jury might find the defendant guilty.
    Defendants have the right to waive a preliminary hearing if they so choose and continue the court process.

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