Spicher pleads 5th in Terri Horman case

Spicher pleads 5th in Terri Horman case

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by David Krough, kgw.com Staff

kgw.com

Posted on October 23, 2012 at 12:58 PM

Updated Thursday, Sep 5 at 5:37 AM

PORTLAND – A close friend of Terri Horman has cited the Fifth Amendment, refusing to answer questions regarding the disappearance of Kyron Horman.

Court documents show Dede Spicher refused to answer any questions regarding her friendship with Kyron's stepmom Terri Horman or her knowledge of Kyron’s disappearance, citing Fifth Amendment privileges against self-incrimination.

Kyron disappeared in June, 2010 from Skyline Elementary at the age of 7.

In deposition papers, Spicher was quoted as saying “I’m asserting my Fifth Amendment rights” to dozens of questions, including if she knew Kyron was missing, what her activities were on the day of the disappearance -- or even whether she could acknowledge her friendship with the accused.

Terri has never been named a suspect in the case, but is the target of the civil lawsuit by Kyron’s mother, alleging she is responsible for his disappearance.

Spicher lived with Terri in the days following the boy's disappearance and her home was later searched by investigators.

Spicher told People Magazine in 2010 she and Terri had "nothing to hide."

Dede and Terri were both unaccounted for during the same period of time the day Kyron disappeared, based on information revealed by investigators and on information from KGW sources.

More: Dede & Terri gone during same window of time

The sources told KGW that Dede was doing gardening work not far from the Horman family home on June 4, but was unaccounted for during a three-hour period from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. She could not be reached by cell phone during this time either, according to sources.

In the October 5th deposition, Spicher cited the Fifth when asked if she knew Terri and members of Kyron's family -- or if she knew where the boy was.

Lawyers for Kyron’s mother Desiree Young are trying to compel Spicher's testimony, alleging state law does not allow Spicher’s refusal to answer in regards to questions that do not incriminate the witness in a criminal matter.

Attorneys grilled Spicher in more than 140 questions in the deposition. Among them; whether she knew if Terri had planned to harm Kyron, if she was aware that her employer at the time told reporters that Spicher was unaccountable at the time of Kyron's disappearance, and whether she had ever bought a disposable phone.

Asserting her Fifth Amendment rights, Spicher even refused to answer if she had ever been interviewed by police about the boy's disappearance.

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