The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

August 24, 2013

Wife of suspect in girl's murder: 'Everything points to Bobby'


CNHI News Service

LOCKWOOD, Mo. — Brandy L. Bourne said at first she could not believe it when police showed up at her home in this small southwest Missouri town Monday evening, looking for her husband in connection with the kidnapping of a 12-year-old girl.

But in an interview following 34-year-old Bobby Bourne's arrest on charges of rape and murder, Brandy Bourne described her husband as a man with a history of violence who had a falling out with the slain girl's father.

Witnesses saw Bobby Bourne take Adriaunna Horton – a friend of the family – from a park in nearby Golden City and drive off in Brandy's old SUV, according to deputies. Bobby Bourne was arrested later that evening, and two days later, Horton's body was found in a field outside of town. 

"I want to believe that none of this happened, but everything points to Bobby," Brandy Bourne said. "People ask me how I could live this long with him, not knowing what kind of person he was. But there's never been anything there to ever suspect anything like this."

Brandy and Bobby met four years ago and were married two years later. They lived together in Lockwood, Mo., with Brandy's daughters from a previous relationship. The family became friends with James Horton and his daughters, including Adriaunna, in 2012 when Horton and Bobby Bourne began working together on home repair jobs.

Brandy said Bobby had been violent with her twice; once was in 2011, when he was arrested in a supermarket parking lot for grabbing her face and shoving her. He faced additional charges after he resisted arrest at the police station. And in another incident not reported to police, Bobby slapped her, she said.

A year later, Bobby Bourne was accused of hitting Brandy's oldest daughter, who was 12 at the time. He was charged with misdemeanor assault, but Brandy and her daughter said the incident was a misunderstanding, and that Bourne had spanked the girl for talking back.

Still, Bobby was sentenced to jail. While there, Brandy continued working with James Horton on home repair jobs. When Bobby got of jail in February, he noticed some of his tools were missing, and he became convinced that James Horton had stolen them, she said.

"He was pretty upset,: Brandy said. "After that, he quit hanging around with James and started doing his own jobs, and he wouldn't allow us to go over there."

Brandy said Bobby had never done anything sexually inappropriate with her daughters, and a week ago she would have said there was "no way" he could sexually assault or murder a child.

But she began to have doubts not long after deputies arrived at her home Monday night. She learned that Bobby didn’t show up for one of his repair jobs Monday morning, and she also found out he failed to keep an appointment for anger-management counseling at 6 p.m. Monday.

Police have said Adriaunna Horton was abducted just before 5 p.m. Monday, and Bobby Bourne was arrested at 7:05 p.m.

Brandy said despite her initial doubts, she's now convinced her husband had a hand in Adriaunna's murder, and she is planning to end her marriage.

"But, yes, there's going to be a break," she said. "A divorce is coming soon."

Details for this story were reported by The Joplin (Mo.) Globe.