SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) — A court has ruled that the head of a Bossier City taxi cab business cannot be held personally liable in a lawsuit over the death of a 12-year-old boy.

The victim in the case was Justin Bloxom, whose body was found two years ago in DeSoto Parish.

Cab driver Brian Horn was charged with first-degree murder in the case.

Prosecutors say Bloxom was lured to a meeting by someone posing as a young girl in cellphone text messages.

A lawsuit filed by Bloxom's mother includes David McFarlin, president of a taxi company, as a defendant. It says McFarlin hired Horn despite knowing Horn's record as a sex offender. An appeal court said McFarlin cannot be held personally liable in the lawsuit, which also names the taxi company as a defendant.