Brother arrested for Dunedin woman's murder

Lester Mason
January 31, 2018

Horan remains in jail in Georgia, charged with second-degree murder with a $500,000 bond, according to Gualtieri.

Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri talked about some of the details of the case during a press conference January 29 in Largo.

The officer, of the Navicent Health Police, an agency that serves Navicent Health Medical Center in Macon, contacted Pinellas deputies.

The sheriff says Horan admitted to stealing his sister's vehicle and credit card to buy an airline ticket to Mexico.

Horan told investigators he used his slain sister's credit card to buy an airline ticket to Mexico, but "somehow ended up in Macon, Georgia" with his sister's vehicle, Gualtier said.

Gualtieri said Leanna's vehicle was found in the parking lot of the hospital where Horan turned himself in.

The officer in Georgia called deputies in Pinellas County, who checked the woman's apartment at the MacAlpine Place apartment complex on Duncan Loop North in Dunedin.

The sheriff said the attack was so violent that one of the knives bent when he tried to stab her in the head. "It also appears, from the crime scene, at this point, that Leanna was trying to flee as Christopher was attacking her and keeping her in her apartment".

It is unclear why Christopher Horan came to Macon. Gualtieri said. "Theres no doubt about that".

Horan told detectives he stabbed his sister "too many times", the sheriff's office said.

Christopher Horan is now in the Bibb County, Ga., jail under a $500,000 bond and awaiting extradition back to Pinellas County.

Gualtieri said he would remain in the Bibb County Jail until he is extradited to Pinellas County, which could take months, unless Horan waives extradition.

Family members told detectives Christopher Horan has mental health issues, Gualtieri said.

His record shows some misdemeanor arrests for DUI, disorderly conduct and trespassing. She didn't want him to go, detectives said.

He noted that all the information about the case was coming from him, so it is hard to know exactly what happened. There, they found 42-year-old Leanna Horan dead, having been stabbed "well over" 20 times, Gualtieri said.

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