ROSEBURG, Ore. -- A judge denied a request from missing Portland boy Kyron Horman's stepmother to officially change her name. Terri Horman wanted to go by Claire Stella Sullivan.
During the hearing in Douglas County, Horman took the witness stand. She told the judge she'd received death threats, was having trouble finding work and was vilified on blog posts.
She said she wanted to "start over a new life without the stigma of Horman attached to it."
The judge allowed four women to testify against the name change. They argued Horman is to blame for the disappearance of her stepson. Kyron Horman was last seen at Skyline School in Northwest Portland on June 4, 2010.
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Terri Horman testified that she loves Kyron and hopes he will be found. She declined to answer specific questions about his disappearance. She preferred to have her attorney present.
Horman said she had volunteered at the VA medical center in Roseburg but she couldn't get a paid position, "because of who I am."
Horman said she has not worked in four years. She continues to live with her parents in Roseburg.
The judge denied Horman's request for a name change because of the ongoing investigation. Terri Horman has not been charged.
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