BARTON COUNTY, Mo. – Amended charges were filed against Bobby Bourne on Friday afternoon stemming from the kidnapping and killing of Adriaunna Horton. Barton County Prosecuting Attorney Steve Kaderly announced that Bourne now faces first-degree murder, forcible rape and statutory rape in addition to the kidnapping charge that was already filed against him.
After Bourne was arrested, he denied that he had made contact with Horton according to a probable cause statement. When police pressed him, he admitted that he had taken her to an abandoned house and wanted to know where her father was.
Bourne said that Horton fled and in the process fell down, which is how he explained her death. He then took them to a wooded area and directed them to where the body was. She was found and searchers said that that she had been strangled and sexually assaulted.
FOX 4 learned that Bourne was supposed to be in court last Tuesday for punching his step-daughter. The hearing was canceled because on Monday he was arrested for kidnapping Horton.
Investigators confirmed that Horton’s body was found in Dade County, just east from where she was kidnapped in a Golden City, Mo. city park, which was only a short walk from her home.
Prosecutor Kaderly said he thinks she was killed close to home and then dumped just across the county line.
Criminal charges are nothing new to Bourne. He has four felony convictions and has served time in multiple county jails. He's been arrested for domestic assault, assault on a law enforcement officer, unlawful use of a weapon and DWI.
He was on probation for beating up his step-daughter at the time of Horton’s disappearance.
“Look at his record look at how many times he has been in and out,” Audra Joyce-Willis, a Horton family friend, said.
Joyce-Willis is friends is outraged that Bourne was released from jail just months before Horton was kidnapped.
"Because we have a guy here that committed a heinous crime that has been in out of our court system, that has been in and out of jail. Why wasn't he still there, how many chances does he get?” Joyce-Willis said.
Barton County Sheriff Mitchell Shaw knows his suspect has a long rap sheet but can't explain why Bourne seems to serve short stints before getting released on probation.
“I don't know if I've really got an answer for that, because like I said, it's a very heartbreaking situation that's going on right now,” Sheriff Shaw said.