New Castle News

January 16, 2014

State’s high court sets hearing on teen’s case

By Staff
New Castle News

NEW CASTLE — The Pennsylvania Supreme Court will hear arguments on the Jordan Brown case March 11 in Philadelphia.

Last month, the high court agreed to hear the appeal, filed by the office of the Pennsylvania Attorney General.

The prosecutors are appealing the ruling of the Pennsylvania Superior Court which, in May, overturned the 15-year-old’s conviction and sent his case back to Lawrence County juvenile court.

On April 13, 2012, Jordan was found to be responsible for the deaths of his father’s pregnant fiancée Kenzie Marie Houk, 26, and her unborn child.

Houk was found fatally shot in the New Beaver Borough farmhouse she and Jordan had shared with his father and her two daughters.

Jordan was 11 at the time of the Feb. 20, 2009 incident.

He was charged as an adult with two counts of criminal homicide. The case eventually was transferred to juvenile court, where Lawrence County Judge John W. Hodge ruled Jordan was responsible, the equivalent of guilty.

This conviction was appealed to the state’s superior court by defense attorneys Dennis Elisco and Stephen Colafella and the Juvenile Law Center.