NEW CASTLE —
Chris Brown ended three years of silence Thursday.
The father of 14-year-old Jordan Brown spoke of seeing his son charged with fatally shooting Kenzie Marie Houk, the woman he had planned to marry and who was about to give birth to a son who would share his name.
“Thirty-seven months is a long time,” he said. “The last three years have been surreal.”
After two days of testimony, Brown said, he is more convinced than ever of his son’s innocence.
“There is no evidence tying my son to that crime,” he said. “The commonwealth painted a theory but they could not prove my son is responsible for the homicides.”
Brown declined to repeat what he had said on the witness stand Wednesday but stressed, ”I wanted to get to the truth: Jordan loved Kenzie. There was no animosity in our family.
“There’s been a lot of talk in the last 37 months, but we chose to take the high road and not speak to the media.
“Jordan loved Kenzie. He still does and he misses her.
“Now this is in the judge’s hands. Hopefully (he) does the right thing and finds that Jordan is not responsible.”
The past three years have been challenging for the man whose beard and temples are tinged with gray.
“Jordan was an 11-year-old child when he was wrongfully accused of a double homicide of the woman he loved as his mother,” Brown said.
“He was taken from his bed at 3 a.m., lodged in the Lawrence County jail for a week with adults and in the detention center for 37 months — all because they had a theory.”
Brown said he believes the evidence presented this week clears his son.
“There was no gunshot residue, no blood, no DNA, no fingerprints. They could not put the gun into his hand. It’s all circumstantial evidence. There is a lot of speculation and conjecture.”
He and defense attorney Dennis Elisco noted Lawrence County Judge John W. Hodge listened attentively and took copious notes during the trial.