Terri Horman's friend refuses to answer questions in lawsuit

Terri Horman's friend refuses to answer questions in lawsuit »Play Video
Dede Spicher (File image)

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Dede Spicher, a friend of missing child Kyron Horman's stepmother, Terri Horman, invoked her Fifth Amendment rights against self-incrimination 142 times during recent testimony in a civil lawsuit, according to court documents.

Now, Elden Rosenthal, the lawyer for Desiree Young, the missing boy's biological mother, has filed a motion to force Spicher to answer more questions about the case surrounding Terri and Kyron.

Kyron Horman was last seen at Skyline Elementary School on June 4, 2010. As search efforts scaled back, more focus in the case fell on Terri Horman, who was the last person seen with Kyron.

No trace of Kyron has been found and his case has been the subject of national attention. Terri Horman has not been charged with any crimes and has hired prominent attorney Stephen Houze.

In 2012, nearly two years after Kyron disappeared, his biological mother, Desiree Young, filed a civil lawsuit in a bid to force Terri Horman to reveal where Kyron is and what happened the day he disappeared.

Dede Spicher was one of the people called to testify in the civil lawsuit on October 5.

Spicher, who court documents said told the media in the past that she was a friend of Terri Horman and even lived with her following revelations that Horman hired a gardener to kill her husband and Kyron's father, Kaine Horman, refused to answer dozens of questions about her relationship to Terri Horman during testimony.

Court documents said Spicher stated in the past that she and Terri Horman "had nothing to hide."

In response to initial questions about her past work experience, schooling, and even if she had a boyfriend, Spicher answered in detail.

But Spicher invoked her Fifth Amendment right to avoid questions from Rosenthal including if she knew Kyron Horman, Terri Horman, Terri's son James Moulton, Desiree Young, if she knew if Kyron was alive or his location or if Terri took steroids.

"Despite having told People [magazine] that she lived with Ms. Horman in late June of 2010, the witness refused to answer and questions regarding that period of time," court documents read.

In the "analysis" portion of the court documents, Rosenthal writes that "a witness may not invoke the Fifth Amendment in order to hide knowledge of a friend's criminal conduct."

Rosenthal also cites Spicher's People interview, saying "it appears that Ms. Spicher lived with Ms. Horman in late June and early July of 2010, and had first-hand knowledge of Ms. Horman's activities in the weeks immediately following Kyron disappearance. Ms. Horman may have divulged details to Ms. Spicher about her activities on June 4, 2010, or about Kyron disappearance. Ms. Spicher cannot refuse to answer questions regarding her observations of Ms. Horman, or Ms. Horman's admissions to her."

The court documents also included photos of Spicher as a bodybuilding competitor and copies of the articles about the Kyron Horman case that included mentions of her.

No date on a ruling on the motion to force Spicher to answer more questions has been released.