Jury finds Memphis attorney not guilty of rape; convicted of assault

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. —A prominent Mid-South attorney has been found not guilty of raping a woman in her East Memphis home last March.

Arthur Horne was charged with six counts including aggravated assault, kidnapping and rape. He was found not guilty of all of those charges, but was convicted on a lesser charge of misdemeanor assault.

“We told y’all in the beginning that I didn’t do these things and the jury spoke today,” Horne says.

Horne’s accuser, a woman he was in a relationship with, claimed Horne assaulted and raped her, resulting in injuries to her face, neck and arms.  Prosecutors say she finally escaped and hid at a neighbors house while another neighbor called 911.

They claim Horne took off when officers arrived.

The trial got underway Monday and Horne did not testify in his defense.

The accuser testified earlier this week.

The defense said Horne and his accuser were in an on-again, off-again relationship. His attorney, William Massey, said the woman made the story up, because she was angry at Horne for having a baby with another woman.

“She was a very jealous woman, very possessive and when she could not have Art Horne to herself she didn’t want anyone else to have him and set out on a path for revenge,” Massey says.

“I pray for that young lady that perpetrated those lies and tried to end my career and take me away from my family and take me away from my children. I pray for her,” Horne says.

Massey said his client acted in self-defense. He said Horne shoved the accuser off of him when she started beating him with a phone.

The accuser did not talk to the media after the verdict, nor did the prosecutors.

Horne is a partner at Horne and Wells, LLC. The firm released a statement at the time of Horne’s arrest saying, “The allegations are salacious. The facts will exonerate Mr. Horne and ultimately prove him innocent.”

Massey says Horne won’t lose his law license because of the assault conviction. He says they plan on asking the judge for diversion. If granted, Horne can have the conviction wiped from his record as long as he successfully completes a type of probation.


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