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OR: Discovery of dog saves Oregon man from sex-crime conviction

[ – 9/10/18]

The discovery of a black Lab named Lucy led to the unravelling of a criminal case Monday against an Oregon man who had begun serving a 50-year prison sentence.

Joshua Horner, a plumber from the central Oregon town of Redmond, was convicted on April 12, 2017, of sexual abuse of a minor.

In the trial, the complainant testified Horner had threatened to shoot her animals if she went to the police about the alleged molestation, and said she saw him shoot and kill her dog to make his point.

Six months after a jury convicted Horner in a verdict that was not unanimous, he asked the Oregon Innocence Project for help. The group took up his case.

When the group raised concerns in April about the case with Deschutes County District Attorney John Hummel, he agreed to work with them.

Horner had insisted he never shot the dog. Finding the dog would show the complainant had lied under oath. But if it was alive, where was it?

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  1. Dogone Tired

    So they dragged this guy’s name through the mud and destroyed his life, but they won’t release the name of the lying sack that was perfectly willing to let him rot in prison for 50 years. Why? Because they want to protect potential victims so they aren’t afraid to report crimes. Great, how about protecting future victims of the psycho liar in this case so everyone can avoid her like the plague she is?

    • Timothy

      Demanding official action by criminal complaint AND demanding privacy seems incongruous.
      If you’re complaining on that level, you relinquish your rights to privacy as we are permitted to face our accusers. Real justice cannot occur in the dark.

    • Katharine

      Adding to the stupidity and unfairness you point to, one of my local TV news stations last night referred to her as “the victim” several times. At least one of the other stations got it right, referring to her as “the accuser.” And I agree we should be able to know her name. It’s entirely possible she’s made other false accusations. There may even be others convicted based on her lies.

      • WC_TN

        I think someone who lies like that and knowingly sends someone to prison on a false allegation should have to serve a sentence equal to every last second of the penalty for the alleged crime. That includes making false sex crime accusations a sexual offense punishable by lifetime registration as a sexual offender.

  2. G4Change

    “…while America has “the best system of justice in the world…”


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