Court docs: landscaper says Terri Horman wanted to 'get rid' of Kaine


by Staff

Posted on December 9, 2013 at 12:44 PM

Updated Monday, Dec 9 at 12:46 PM

PORTLAND -- The landscaper who police believe Terri Horman approached in a murder-for-hire plot against her estranged husband Kaine Horman spoke about the allegations in a deposition.

Landscaper Rodolfo Sanchez-Estrada said Terri Horman told him she was afraid Kaine Horman was going to try and take her daughter away from her, so she wanted Sanchez to "get rid" of him, as first reported by The Oregonian.

Court documents obtained by KGW Monday included quotes from a deposition interview with Sanchez when he was asked if Horman tried to hire him to murder Kaine.

"She told me specifically. I don't remember, but she told me that she wanted me to help her get rid of her husband. I don't know if that was the correct word, but she tried to make me understand that,'' Sanchez said, according to the court records.

He went on to outline a "plan" which he said Horman created and shared with him. He said Horman told him the murder would be made to look like a mugging.

Sanchez also said that Terri told him Kaine physically and mentally abused her.

Kaine's attorneys contend that Sanchez' interview shows there is a great safety risk for Kiara if she spends time with Horman.  Kyron Horman vanished five months after Sanchez' alleged conversation with Terri took place. Terri has been a focus of that missing person investigation, but never named as a suspect.

Horman's defense lawyer had previously objected to the deposition and tried to block Sanchez from being questioned.  But Kaine's lawyers pushed for the interview with Sanchez, as part of his ongoing divorce proceedings with Terri.  Kaine filed for divorce and a restraining order against Terri in late June, 2010.

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Kaine's son, Kyron Horman, went missing from Skyline Elementary School on June 4, 2010, and investigators said at the time that Terri was the last person to see him before the disappearance. 

Kaine's attorneys claim that Sanchez' testimony also establishes a motive surrounding the disappearance of Kyron and Terri's alleged involvement.

Complete coverage: The Search for Kyron Horman