Horn indicted for murder in June death

Published 1:15 am Friday, December 28, 2018

A Covington County grand jury indicted James Benton Horn on multiple felonies, including murder, on Dec. 13.

James Horn

Horn, age 50, of Andalusia was arrested on Aug. 31, and charged with murder, second degree arson, and first degree criminal mischief in the June 20th death of Bruce Wayne Nelson.

Deputies were responding to a call of a suspicious vehicle on Brooklyn Road at 3:45 a.m. Wed., June 20, when they observed a vehicle that had been burned and was smoking at the Nelson’s Brooklyn Road residence. They found his body near the vehicle.

Horn’s indictments are:

• Murder, a class A felony. According to the indictment, Horn did cause the death of Nelson.

• Arson II, a class B felony. The indictment says that Horn did intentionally damage a building of Nelson’s at 7034 Brooklyn Road by starting or maintaining a fire or causing an explosion.

• Criminal mischief I, a class C felony. The grand jury found that having no right to or any reasonable ground to believe that he had such a right, did inflict damage to a Mazda car in an amount exceeding $2,500.

• Theft of property III, a class D felony. According to the indictment, the grand jury found that Horn did knowingly obtain or exert unauthorized control over and/or did obtain by deception control over, U.S. currency a further or more detailed description being unknown to the grand jury, the property of Nelson of the value of in excess $500.

Horn was being held at the Covington County jail on a $1,115,000 bond, but the grand jury set a new bond at $1,125,000.