PORTLAND – Terri Horman, the stepmother of missing Portland boy Kyron Horman, made her first court appearance in nearly three years Thursday, in a divorce hearing with her estranged husband Kaine Horman.
Terri was silent throughout the hearing, watching the attorneys and the judge. Kaine focused on taking notes and made no eye contact with his estranged wife.
The hearing focused on key issues including a psychological exam and deposition for Terri, documents that Kaine's attorneys want, and visitation for the couple's 4-year-old daughter Kiara.
Kyron disappeared from Skyline Elementary School on June 4, 2010 and investigators believe Terri was the last person to see him. She has been an ongoing focus of the criminal investigation, but was never arrested. Kaine filed for divorce after investigators turned their attention to Terri.
Attorneys Thursday argued over how the divorce case could impact Terri in the criminal probe. Most of the argument centered on whether Terri could be forced to submit evidence or testimony that could be used against her later in the criminal case.
Lawyers for Terri insisted they would not turn over financial documents, work history or social media posts requested by Kaine’s attorneys. They said Terri has been vilified.
"We're all in the dark. We're all guessing" about what information law enforcement knows about the Kyron Horman case, Terri's attorney said. However, "For every question and every document that is sought we will invoke her constitutional rights," he continued.
The judge ruled that Terri would not have to hand over documents. He said if Kaine's attorneys want that information, they will have to get it elsewhere.
Attorneys also debated whether Terri should be required to take a psychological exam. Kaine’s side said an examination could help determine visitation and custody issues for the couple's young daughter.
Again, Terri's attorney countered that such an exam could be used to gather evidence against Terri. The judge resolved that Terri could talk to a psychologist with her attorney present, if she chose to.
However, the judge told Terri that she must appear for a deposition taken by Kaine's lawyers. He said a prosecutor for the district attorney’s office would not be allowed to attend that deposition. Indeed, the DA’s office said it had no interest in the divorce.
Both Terri and Kaine declined to comment to reporters after the hearing.
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