A court hearing for Bobby Don Bourne, 34, Lamar, scheduled for the day 12-year-old Adriaunna Horton of Golden City disappeared was canceled, according to online Dade County Circuit Court records.
The hearing, scheduled to be held in Judge James Bickel's court was to review Bourne's payments on the $1,039.50 fine he received May 7 when a felony assault charge involving beating an underage girl, a misdemeanor assault charge for hitting the girl's mother and a charge of endangering the welfare of a child were reduced to two misdemeanor assault charges. In addition to the fine, Bourne, who already had a checkered criminal record that included incidents of assault, DWI, unlawful use of a weapon, and violating a protection order, was sentenced to 60 days in jail, but was given credit for time served.
As noted earlier in the Turner Report, Bourne had already avoided being sent to prison for violating the probation on a 2008 conviction for felony tampering. Court records show Bourne admitted to assaulting a law enforcement officer and public intoxication. Despite the admissions, Bourne's probation, which had only a few months to go was continued at that point.
Less than a month later, Bourne assaulted the teenage girl and her mother, but never received prison time for violating his probation with those crimes because hearing were postponed and the judge for his case was changed until he had completed his probation.
Apparently, the cycle began again on May 7 when the attack on the girl and her mother was graded down to two misdemeanor charges and Bourne was given credit for time served.
All of those decisions combined to make Bobby Don Bourne a free man when he allegedly picked up Adriaunna Horton, the daughter of a man he had previously worked for at a part in Golden City.
Adriaunna's body was found the next day.