Terri Horman (a.k.a. Terri Lynn Moulton) rose to public notoriety as the stepmother of Kyron Horman, a still-missing Oregon child who vanished on June 4, 2010. According to investigators into the case, Kyron Horman was last seen alive by his stepmother. His biological parents have been implicating 46-year-old Terri Horman in Kyron's disappearance for years, reports KOIN, since she reportedly failed multiple polygraph tests in the aftermath of Kyron going missing.
"I think a lot of people feel the same way through the evidence. Not through a gut feel, but what we know about polygraph failures. She has told us, straight out, she's failed those tests. No, they're not admissible in court, but in the general discussion of things, they're perfectly admissible. I know there's involvement, we're not going to get help down that path. I've just kind of left that behind a long time ago."In addition to the failed polygraph tests, Kyron Horman's stepmother has been involved in an array of questionable scandals since he went missing. Shortly after he vanished, she was involved in an alleged murder-for-hire plot involving her now ex-husband (and Kyron's father), Kaine Horman. As CBS News reports, the murder-for-hire plot involving Kyron Horman's stepmother was first reported roughly a month after Kyron went missing.Ironically, according to the alleged witness in the case (a landscaper), the alleged murder-for-hire incident happened months before Kyron disappeared. Terri Horman was never charged in the plot, but it played an integral role in the divorce case between the stepmother of Kyron Horman and his father, reports KATU. Ultimately, upon the pair's divorce, Kaine Horman was granted sole physical custody of the couple's youngest child, and Terri given only closely monitored supervised visitation.
Kyron Horman's stepmother has never been charged in connection with his disappearance, but she has been widely tried in the court of public opinion. In the aftermath of the still-unsolved scandal, Horman attempted to legally change her name in Oregon, but that was shut down by a judge. Ultimately, she moved out of the state years after Kyron Horman went missing and relocated to California, near her parents.Now, news has broken that the stepmother of missing Kyron Horman has been charged in an unrelated gun theft that took place more than a year ago in California. As KGW 8 reports, the alleged gun theft took place in August of 2015. That is when Horman allegedly stole her roommate's handgun from a safe.
The roommate reported the alleged theft to law enforcement, who confirm that the stepmother of Kyron Horman had the weapon in question in her possession when confronted by police. She was charged with misdemeanor grand theft firearm; however, she never appeared in court as required for her arraignment.
A warrant was issued for her arrest, and Kyron Horman's stepmother was booked into jail on July 4, 2016, in connection with the warrant. She was later released and is expected before a Yuba County judge to answer to the charges against her.While many people who have followed the Kyron Horman case since the 7-year-old went missing have closely followed Terri Horman's life for years (some protesting outside of her homes and keeping her name and face in the media in connection with Kyron's disappearance and even devoting social media groups to keeping track of her), news of the August 2015 alleged gun theft is just hitting the media radar.
That's because Terri Horman is now apparently living under her maiden name, Terri Lynn Moulton, despite having previous requests to change her name denied in Oregon. It is unknown when Kyron Horman's stepmother changed her name, or who approved the request.
Earlier this year, the stepmother of missing Kyron Horman appeared on The Dr. Phil Show. Throughout that highly publicized appearance, where she admitted lying to the media early on in the Kyron Horman case, his stepmother never mentioned her gun arrest or her name change.Throughout that interview, as in all others she's given since Kyron went missing, Terri Horman maintained that she doesn't know the whereabouts of her stepson or what happened to him more than six years ago.
As in the past, those closest to Kyron aren't buying his stepmother's story, and they aren't shying away from speaking their minds. After Kyron Horman's stepmother appeared on Dr. Phil, his biological mother Desiree Young responded to the interview, reports Oregon Live.
"I want her to be able to talk to law enforcement. I want her to be fortcoming with law enforcement. I don't want her to go out on the media and grant an interview and talk about a bunch of lies. She needs to be held accountable to those lies."So far, neither the stepmother of missing Kyron Horman nor her defense attorney have spoken to the media regarding the California gun case; it is unknown if the California charges will change any aspect of the Kyron Horman investigation.
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