Athena Strand Murder Case Takes Shock Turn as Accused FedEx Driver Reveals His Reasoning

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Police have released the arrest warrant affidavit for Tanner Horner, the FedEx driver who has confessed to kidnapping and killing 7-year-old Athena Strand.

Horner, 31, delivered a package to the girl’s home in Wise County, Texas, on Nov. 30. Athena’s stepmother, Elizabeth Strand, called police at around 6:30 p.m. that evening to report her stepdaughter’s disappearance.

Athena’s body was found a couple of days later.

The newly released affidavit reveals why Horner allegedly committed the murder. A copy of the affidavit was obtained by KTVT-TV.

According to the affidavit, Horner said he accidentally hit Athena with his van as he was backing up after delivering the package to her home.

He told investigators the girl was not seriously injured and that she was talking to him and told him her name.

Afraid that Athena would tell her father about the accident, Horner said he panicked and put her in the van, where he attempted to break the girl’s neck.

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