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Fund started to pay for defense of Pa. boy charged in slayings



Published: Fri, March 12, 2010 @ 12:09 a.m.

MARY GRZEBIENIAK

news@vindy.com

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Jordan Brown on GMA

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Chris Brown, Jordan Brown's father

NEW CASTLE, Pa. – Family and friends of Jordan Brown have established a trust fund to defend the New Galilee 12-year-old who is charged with killing his father’s pregnant girlfriend.

If tried and convicted as an adult, he faces mandatory life in prison without parole.

Family friends Chris Lindsay and Lonnie McConaghy, whom a press release describes as the fathers of Jordan’s two best friends, and Atty. Dennis Elisco, who is part of Jordan’s defense team, announced the formation of the Jordan Brown Trust Fund on Thursday. The announcement included a segment aired Thursday on ABC’s “Good Morning America,” and a story about Jordan was featured on the show’s Web site later in the day.

Jordan is charged with criminal homicide and homicide of an unborn child in the shotgun slaying of Kenzie Houk, 26, on Feb. 20, 2009 at the family home. A hearing on whether to move his case to juvenile court is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. today in Lawrence County Common Pleas Court.

The group claims Jordan had no motive and was wrongly accused in the slaying and on its Web site states Kenzie had received “death threats from a former boyfriend in the month before her murder” but that police had not taken them seriously.

Lindsay stated in the press release that Jordan’s father, Chris Brown, a former military policeman, has exhausted his savings and no longer has money to defend his son. The defense team, according to the Web site, savejordanbrown.com, is working “pro bono” (for free), but money is needed to pay expert witnesses and cover costs of the defense team’s investigation.

More information about the effort can be found at savejordanbrown.com and at jordanbrowntrust.org. Contributions can be made online or by mailing them to The Jordan Brown Trust Fund, P.O. Box 1531, New Castle, PA, 16103.


Comments

1chloe(2 comments)posted 4 years ago

how about a little truthful reporting here--the boyfriend was thoroughly investigated--in fact, the police rushed to arrest him on jordans "tip" of a black truck, only to find a perfect alibi--with the fresh snow, it was obvious that he had never left his house that day, and the only tracks going from the home of the victim were the children's--jordan and the victims daughter, on their way to school. jordan had made up the "hot tip" as part of his cold premeditated crime, but had not figured in the fact that mother nature does provide evidence that is indisputable. this crime was carefully planned and executed, along with a young mother and an infant, and for you to post this in your paper to cast a "reasonable doubt" among potential jurors in unethical and unexcusable. If you want to print a story--print ALL of the facts that go along with it.

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2Hillary(43 comments)posted 3 years, 12 months ago

Re: the comment by chloe. This case was publicized unethically from the very beginning when the DA and the Houk family immediately went on the news blaming the child, so stop trying to make anything look unbalanced within the media because the fact is, adult murderers had fairer publicity than this child.The boy was interviewed/interrogated unprofessionally by police at the school in the day. Depending on the type of questioning they used, they likely scarred the hell out of the child. Studies show children this young do not intend to lie, they try to cooperate. He may have be trying to help. The erroneous questioning lead the police to look for a black truck but this should not have excused them from looking for any other suspects. The fact is they failed to compile a full investigation and focused on an innocent child from the beginning and blamed the child for statements he made while they were interrogating him unethically. THIS IS THE REAL SAD TRUTH.

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