Court: Terri wants money for moving costs

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Terri Horman. File photo.

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PORTLAND, Ore. - In the ongoing saga surrounding the disappearance of 7-year-old Kyron Horman, the boy's stepmother is now wanting money from her estranged husband, Kaine Horman, to move out of the family home.

Kaine was asked to cough up the cash Tuesday afternoon as attorneys for both parties appeared before a judge to schedule future hearings on custody, eviction and contempt of court issues.

Kaine's attorney, Laura Rackner, said her client is not willing to hand over money to Terri.

"He would like some cooperation from her first," she said. "He would like to know where his son is."

Rackner said Terri still refuses to talk and she is encouraging anyone who has had communications with her to come forward.

Meanwhile, Terri's attorney, Stephen Houze, did not give any information to the media on Tuesday, saying it would be unethical to comment on any aspects of his client's case.

The two sides will be back in court next week for a hearing on the eviction and custody case filed by Kaine.

The latest turn of events came just one day after court documents were filed alleging Terri began a sexual relationship with Kaine's high school friend, Mike Cook, after Kyron vanished.

Brad Garrett, a former FBI profile and crime consultant for ABC news, says the new allegations against Terri, if true, paint a troubling picture of her. He says the accusations suggest she's thinking only of herself and not the search for her stepson.

"We all grieve in different ways in a crisis but the key is how do we do that," he said. "If we do things that are self-serving, narcissistic, detached, it makes people like me worry because it's like do you really know the outcome so you don't really care? You can kind of go on with your life because you know what happened."

Terri has come under severe scrutiny in recent weeks both in the public eye and from Kyron's biological mother, Desiree Young, who has gone on camera pleading with Terri to "do the right thing" and who has publicly said that she believes Terri is lying. Kaine said during a recent news conference that Terri had failed two polygraphs.

Terri has not been named a suspect in Kyron's disappearance, nor has she been arrested in connection with any crime. Investigators have been tight-lipped about the case but family members say they are confident that law enforcement is doing everything they can to help bring Kyron home.


The airing of Horman's dirty laundry isn't just tabloid-like fodder, it's likely a part of a calculated tactic by investigators, according to legal experts we spoke with on Tuesday.

For awhile now, we've been hearing from legal experts that investigators want to tighten the circle around Terri both socially and legally, hoping to pry information out of her.

This most recent accusation of contempt of court, where she allegedly shared a sealed restraining order, could be just part of the plan.

Lawyer Bruce McCain, who is also a former captain of the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office, said it is unlikely Terri would see jail time in the matter but instead would be given just a small fine. He said it appears more like the district attorney's office is simply using it as a maneuver.

"It certainly looks like that on the face of the documents," he said. "If you go back to the affidavit that the divorce lawyer filed, they contain continuing references to information that has been provided to them by investigators."

McCain said there is also likely a message that is being sent to those close to Terri, like Mike Cook.

"(A message that) we've been watching, recording, reviewing and if you've had contact with Terri Horman and you know something that would help break the case, you better come forward because we're going to find it out eventually. The forensics are too good these days," he said.


June 4, 2010 - Police issue an alert saying 7-year-old Kyron Horman has disappeared.

June 6, 2010 - "The reported disappearance from one of our schools is unprecedented," Portland School Superintendent Carol Smith says during a news conference, "and deeply troubling."

June 6, 2010 - The Federal Bureau of Investigation brings in members of its Child Abduction Rapid Deployment team as searchers move into the third day without a sign of Kyron.

June 7, 2010 - Police hold a news conference to provide an update on the search efforts.

June 8, 2010 - Police hold a news conference to provide an update on the search efforts.

June 10, 2010 - Two former detective supervisors say the lack of information investigators have released in the search for Kyron Horman points to potential criminal involvement.

June 10, 2010 - Police hold a news conference to provide an update on the search efforts.

June 10, 2010 - Officials display the type of clothes Kyron was last seen wearing.

June 11, 2010 - Three possible sightings in Yreka, Calif., turn out to be someone else who closely resembled Kyron.

June 11, 2010 - Family members speak at a news conference. It is the first time they have come forward in the public eye.

June 14, 2010 - As the search for Kyron intensifies, searchers defend their efforts.

June 14, 2010 - An 8-year-old boy who looks like Kyron Horman starts drawing attention.

June 14, 2010 - Police release a photo showing the type of glasses Kyron wears.

June 15, 2010 - Family and friends hold a vigil for Kyron as the school year ends.

June 18, 2010 - Police release a flier to the public, one that specifically asks for information about Terri.

June 24, 2010 - For the first time we see video of Kyron.

June 25, 2010 - Desiree and Kaine go on national TV.

June 27, 2010 - Terri's father talks to 'People' magazine and is quoted as saying "she's trying to be as cooperative as she can ... I guess they think she's going to break."

June 28, 2010 - Kaine files for divorce from Terri and is granted a restraining order against her.

June 29, 2010 - Friends of Terri urge the woman to speak and tell her side of the story.

June 30, 2010 - Terri hires criminal defense attorney Stephen Houze.

June 30, 2010 - We learn more about the two 911 calls that were placed from the Horman family home.

July 1, 2010 - Desiree reads a short statement asking Terri to cooperate with the investigation.

July 2, 2010 - Multnomah County Sheriff Dan Staton says during a news conference that Terri Horman is being cooperative.

July 4, 2010 - Reports arise that Terri allegedly tried to hire a man to kill her husband.

July 4, 2010 - A source confirms that the Oregon Department of Human Services opened a case on Terri Horman following a 2005 arrest and charge of driving under the influence.

July 6, 2010 - Desiree calls on Terri once again to cooperate with authorities.

July 8, 2010 - Kaine and Desiree put the pressure on Terri during a news conference.

July 8, 2010 - In a restraining order filed against Terri, Kaine writes “I believe the respondent is involved in the disappearance of my son Kyron who has been missing since June 4th."

July 9, 2010 - Sources reveal that investigators have collected surveillance videos from local grocery stores in the disappearance of Kyron Horman.

July 9, 2010 -KATU News reporter Dan Tilkin attempts to ask Kyron’s stepmother, Terri Horman, about her polygraph tests and if she knows where Kyron is.

July 10, 2010 - In an interview with ABC, Kaine Horman suggests Terri Horman may have suffered from some form of post-partum depression.

July 12, 2010 - Kaine Horman files a motion accusing Terri Horman of violating a restraining order against her by carrying on a sexual relationship with one of his childhood friends, sharing sealed legal information and trying to kidnap their daughter.

July 13, 2010 - Terri now wants money from her estranged husband, Kaine Horman, to move out of the family home.