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Judge orders new hearing for juvenile in Pa. murder case



Published: Thu, June 9, 2011 @ 12:08 a.m.

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Jordan Brown

By Mary Grzebieniak

news@vindy.com

NEW CASTLE, Pa.

A new hearing has been set for 9:30 a.m. Aug. 5 before Lawrence County Common Pleas Court Judge Dominick Motto on whether Jordan Brown should be tried as a juvenile or as an adult in the 2009 murder of his father’s fianc e.

Motto ordered the hearing set after meeting with attorneys for both sides Wednesday.

Atty. David Acker, who, along with Atty. Dennis Elisco, is defending Brown, said that the new hearing is the result of the Superior Court’s earlier reversal of Motto’s March, 2010 decision that Jordan should be tried as an adult.

Motto had made his ruling citing Brown’s failure to admit guilt after two psychologists testified that rehabilitation would be unlikely for a youth who failed to take responsibility for his actions. If tried as a juvenile, Brown could only be incarcerated until age 21, while he could face life in prison if tried as an adult.

But the Superior Court agreed in a March 2011 ruling that this reasoning violated Brown’s constitutional right against self- incrimination.

Acker said that both parties could have the option to present additional evidence or the hearing could be based on the existing record with all references to Jordan’s refusal to admit guilt eliminated.

Brown is charged with a double homicide in the shotgun killing of 26-year-old Kenzie Marie Houk and her unborn child as she slept in the New Galilee farmhouse where she lived with Jordan, his father, and her two daughters. He was 11 at the time and is now 13.

Brown is still being held in an Erie juvenile facility.


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1lilgandee(103 comments)posted 3 years, 1 month ago

Just a sad situation all around. He needs to face consequences to killing her and the baby and leaving her children w/o their mother. The father has to be torn up trying to grieve his loss & be there for his son (if he is able to). My thoughts and prayers go to all the family of the victims. He was wrong no matter what reason and people should be held accountable for their actions young or old.

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2melissa322(2 comments)posted 3 years, 1 month ago

Jordan is being coerced into admitting to murders he has maintained all along he did not commit. The PA Superior Court determined this violates his constitutional rights and yet prosecutors think this strategy is acceptable. He has been incarcerated for over two years. It will be two and a half years by the time Judge Motto sees him again and it won't even be for the trial he should have had within a year according to PA's Rule 600. Sign this petition to see that Jordan's constitutional rights are upheld. http://www.thepetitionsite.com/379/ju...

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3clw5(1 comment)posted 3 years, 1 month ago

There is something very suspicious in the way this case has been handled. The fiancé has been mentioned as a person of interest and would have the most to gain by the death of Kenzie Houk and her unborn child.

Jordan Brown has maintained his innocence throughout, even with the possibility of a speedy trial and spending time in juvenile hall and being released at some point in his life. Question: WHY are the authorities so anxious to have this child admit to something he did not do? Why did they only spend 5 hours investigating Kenzie's murder? Doesn't she deserve better than that?

If he is guilty, then let the courts decide. Why hasn't he been given a trial? Why are his rights being violated? "Whether he committed the crime or not every U.S. citizen, regardless of age, etc. and regardless of whether they are guilty or innocent has the right to a fair and speedy trial by an impartial jury...it says so in the sixth amendment of the constitution."

America has a shameful history of throwing innocent people in front of the bus, then trying to correct it later. Are we that lazy?

This is truly a miscarriage of justice and disgusting how this country is so willing to frame innocent people for crimes they didn't commit. However, this case is all the more disgusting and vile because this boy's life doesn't seem to matter one little bit.

We are a better country than that aren't we? Why are we so willing to look with disgust at other countries who treat their citizens in a shameful matter such as this, but WE turn around and do the same thing on a daily basis.

Jordan's case is highlighted with Amnesty International and Change.org.

Before you make up your minds whether this child is guilty, advocate for justice and a trial and let the PEOPLE decide in a fair and judicious matter.

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