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Jan 18, 2013 11:30 AM by AP

Trial date set in DeSoto capital murder case

MANSFIELD, La. (AP) - Jury selection for a Keatchie man accused in the March 30, 2010, death of 12-year-old Justin M. Bloxom, of Stonewall, will begin June 24 in Lafayette.

The Times reports once selected, the panel will be taken to DeSoto Parish, where it will hear the evidence in the first-degree murder trial of Brian Horn. The capital case is expected to extend over several weeks.

The state is seeking the death penalty.

Bloxom's body was found in a wooded area off U.S. Highway 171 near Stonewall after he had been reported missing from a friend's house.

DeSoto Parish sheriff's investigators say Horn picked up Bloxom in his car after posing as a young female through text messages, then killed him.

A status conference is scheduled for Feb. 20 in DeSoto District Court to give the defense and state the opportunity to review any unresolved issues. It's uncertain if new motions have been filed.

The file in the DeSoto Clerk of Court's office is sealed from public viewing.

In October, Burgess denied all but one of a half-dozen pending motions.

The only motion getting his approval was the one in which Horn, a twice-convicted sex offender, asked not to be referred to as either "homosexual" or "bisexual" during his trial.

Defense attorney Daryl Gold, who assumed the role of lead counsel for Horn after the resignations of attorneys Ross Owen and Elton Ritchey, asked Burgess later to consider Lafayette for the jury pool.

The summer trial date was set after Burgess received confirmation from the judicial district of the availability of the courtroom.

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