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Apr 26, 2012 10:06 AM by AP

More pretrial issues in 12-year-old's death

MANSFIELD, La. (AP) - Unresolved pretrial issues could mean more delays in the case of Brian Horn, charged with first-degree murder in the 2010 death of a 12-year-old boy from DeSoto Parish.

At a hearing Wednesday, Judge Robert Burgess granted defense and prosecution attorneys new deadlines for briefs concerning a motion to suppress evidence. And the defense filed three new motions this month, according to The Times.

The trial currently is set for August. If convicted, Horn could be sentenced to death.

Horn is charged in the death of Justin M. Bloxom of Stonewall.

Prosecutors say he was lured to a meeting by someone posing as a young girl in cellphone text messages. Bloxom's body was discovered in woods off U.S. Highway 171 south of Stonewall.

At issue in Wednesday's hearing were defense motions to suppress evidence. The defense wants to throw out information gleaned from a computer seized from Horn's Keachi home along with a cellphone and a SIM card recovered after his arrest.

Testimony of an FBI electronics engineer and three Bossier City deputy marshals centered on the physical examination of the seized electronics devices. A cellphone said to belong to Horn had to be transferred from the marshal's office to the FBI because it was locked and pass code protected.

The FBI's Curtis Thomas explained in detail how he was able to recover a log of phone calls and text messages even though an attempt was made to delete them.

Burgess last year picked Lincoln Parish for jury selection with an eye toward a two-week window in August when a courtroom there would be available. The actual trial will be held in DeSoto Parish.

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