The Death of Coach Horne to be Presented to Grand Jury

By: District Attorney Kirke Adams
By: District Attorney Kirke Adams

The investigation into the traffic fatality of Dale County High School Head Football Coach Todd Horne is nearly complete and will be presented to the Dale County Grand Jury in September according to District Attorney Kirke Adams.

The investigation is being conducted by the Ozark Police Department and assisted by the Alabama State Troopers.

The preliminary investigation concluded that a 16 year old juvenile failed to yield the right of way to Horne’s vehicle.

The Grand Jury will meet in September to determine the culpability of the defendant’s criminal conduct.

Adams expects to call several witnesses to testify, including the other four coaches in Horne’s vehicle.

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  • by Janet Location: Pensacola on Sep 21, 2008 at 05:22 PM
    This is ridiculous. This was an accident plain and simple. Was the coach speeding and was he wearing his seatbelt. Was his full attention on the road. This sounds like a political farce brought on by ignorance and self serving politics.
  • by louise Location: anonymous on Aug 31, 2008 at 09:14 AM
    I bet the DA would not have pursued this if this had been a so called nobody in the community instead of a well respected coach!!
  • by a concerned mom Location: opp al on Aug 31, 2008 at 09:06 AM
    I don't know if this particular DA has children or not, but I'm sure that if he does he would feel differently if his child had caused this accident.It is a tragedy and hopefully the teenager will learn something from his or her mistake.It was an accident and I don't think this should be held over their head for the rest of thei life.If I were on the jury I would not charge the kid with anything.It is sad to think that adults are trying to ruin this young person's life over an unintentional accident!!
  • by anonymous Location: geneva county on Aug 28, 2008 at 09:46 AM
    Kirke Adams is even more of a lowlife, and scum than originally thought, I can't beleive he pursued it. It was a tragic accident, and wish coachs family well during these times, but this is a 16 kids year olds life we are talking about.If we are going to blam him for this mistake causeing the accident, blame his drivers education teacher, and everyone else he has encountered that didn't tell him not to make this mistake while dirving. Inentional murders happen everyday in our area and they (kirke) and other like him do nothing and hold no one accountable for those except for maybe a slap on the wrist. This kid is 16, and should be held accountable for the mistake and accident. But he is still a kid, and at that a new driver at that and he will have to live with what happend the rest of his life. Suspend his license till he's 21, not charge him wil manslaugter.. Some elected officals we have appointed here!!!! These officals need to get out there and go after the real criminals.
  • by Anonymous on Aug 27, 2008 at 07:59 PM
    This was a tragic accident...but it was an accident. This boy does not need to be proscuted for it. I'm sure he wishes it never happened. He is only 16, and this is alot for him to deal with. I'm sure Coach Horn would not wont this child to suffer any more than he already has. If he were under the influence I would feel different this ,but he was NOT!!!
  • by Jennifer Location: dothan on Aug 26, 2008 at 01:59 PM
    This is an outrage if the boy was not under the influence of anything. Coach Horne would not want this boy (child) to suffer a harsh punishment (jail, prison) for an accident.
  • by Anonymous on Aug 26, 2008 at 11:18 AM
    People should be held accountable for their actions regardless of their AGE!! Or who they may be or what they were doing! Everyone that is Issued a Drivers License has the same Responsibility to Others Regardless!
  • by tina Location: kinston al on Aug 25, 2008 at 07:51 PM
    Was the 16 yr old driving under the influence? Were the men wearing seat belts? If the teenager was not drinking or under the influence I don't think he should be charged with anything. Unfortunately unintentional accidents happen everday. I'm sure if the kid could turn back the hands of time he would.
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