Judge renews restraining order against Terri Horman
PORTLAND, Ore. - The father of Kyron Horman, a young boy who disappeared three years ago at the age of 7, was granted a renewed restraining order against his estranged wife.
Kaine Horman filed for divorce from Terri Horman shortly after the disappearance of his son, Kyron Horman, but those proceedings were delayed and the two are still married. Terri was the boy's stepmother.
Kaine Horman believes his estranged wife is responsible for his son's disappearance and that she poses a safety threat to him and his family.
"It's very frustrating the other party makes statements about wanting to find my son but does nothing to back that up," he said on Friday.
Terri Horman was the last person to see Kyron alive, but has never been named as a suspect or person of interest in the boy's disappearance. She was not present at Friday's court proceeding, but her two attorneys were. She has one attorney handling her civil matters and another, well-known criminal defense attorney Peter Houze, handling other matters.
Terri Horman's lawyers argued against renewing the restraining order, saying Kaine Horman's petition was based on hearsay. But the judge signed it anyway, based in part, he said, on the notion that it had already been granted three years in a row and circumstances between Kaine and Terri have not changed much.
Terri Horman's lawyers said she plans to contest the restraining order renewal, which is a first. She has not contested it previously
Background on the Search for Kyron
Kyron Horman was last seen at Skyline Elementary School on June 4, 2010. He was at a pre-class science fair, where he was photographed, but then he disappeared.
Since then, a large-scale investigation and numerous searches have turned up very little. The case has appeared on America's Most Wanted twice, back when he first went missing and again last August.
In November, prosecutors convinced a judge to put a halt to a civil suit brought by Kyron's biological mother, Desiree Young. Prosecutors claimed the suit could hurt their investigation.
Last June, Young filed a $10 million civil suit against Terri Horman, hoping to force Horman and her friend, Dede Spicher, to testify under oath about what happened to Kyron.
But Spicher invoked her Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination more than 140 times during a deposition. A judge was getting close to ruling whether Spicher can remain silent and that's when the Multnomah County district attorney and sheriff's office asked the judge to halt the civil case before she could be forced to take the stand, triggering immunity in a criminal case.