New Castle News

April 10, 2012

Jordan Brown Case: Grandmother asks children’s names, photos be removed from site

Nancy Lowry
New Castle News

NEW CASTLE — Kenzie Houk’s mother has sued Chris Brown, asking that her granddaughters’ photos be removed from the Jordan Brown trust fund website.

Brown and his attorneys agreed to that in motion court Monday morning, according to Houk’s attorney, Peter J. Pietrandrea of Cranberry.

The site — jordanbrowntrust.org — now includes blank spaces and the statement “Image removed at the request of the Houk family.” The girls’ names also have been removed from text within the website.

In the suit, Houk asked that all reference to Adalynn Houk, 7, and Jenessa Houk, 11, be removed from the website. This includes photographs, references to or the identities of the minor children.

The girls are the children of Houk’s daughter, Kenzie Marie Houk, who died Feb. 20, 2009. Brown’s son, Jordan, 14, is charged in her shooting death as well as the death of her unborn baby. Jordan was 11 at the time of the deaths. Houk is the legal guardian of her granddaughters.

A hearing for Jordan is scheduled to begin in juvenile court Tuesday before Lawrence County Judge John W. Hodge.

Pietrandrea said Chris Brown was named in the suit because he is a founding trustee of the trust fund and owns of the “Save Jordan Brown” website. The site calls for financial support to provide Jordan with an effective defense.

Houk’s suit states that names, identities and likenesses of the children are being used “for fundraising purposes without the consent of the guardian and in violation of Pennsylvania law.”

Pietrandrea said Houk’s request is reasonable.

“These are minor children,” he said. “Their photos should not be on the Internet.”

(Email: nlowry@ncnewsonline.com)