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February 22, 2014

Jordan Brown Case, Five Years Later: Juvenile advocate in teen’s corner

NEW CASTLE — Dan Dailey has raised money and provided support for Jordan Brown’s defense team.

Now a 16-year-old, Jordan was 11 when he was charged as an adult with two counts of homicide in the fatal shooting of his father’s pregnant fiancée, Kenzie Marie Houk, 26. She was killed in the New Beaver Borough farmhouse she shared with Jordan, his father, Chris, and her two daughters, then 4 and 7.

Specializing in parricide cases — those involving children who kill parents or caregivers — Dailey directs The Redemption Project, a nonprofit youth justice advocacy program that offers unconditional and lifelong support to children who commit parricide.

Dailey noted his 80 acres, in the mountains of Texas about 40 miles from the Mexican border, is owned by the youngsters he has helped.

“It will pass from my management to theirs,” he said. “They will always have a place to come home to.”

So far, he has been involved in the legal cases of 11 children.

He also provides a daily blog, The Wandervogel Diary, named for a pre-World War I back-to-nature movement in Germany.

Jordan’s name is frequently mentioned in his blog.

Dailey, who has slowed his pace since suffering a stroke late in 2012, said he believes in Jordan’s innocence.

Noting he has been involved with high-profile parricide cases since 2005, Dailey said, “None of the usual factors — which include mental illness and abuse — were present in Jordan’s case. He loved Kenzie.”

Dailey said the available evidence does not support the guilty verdict pronounced in the case.

“People must know the truth,” he said. “And the truth has not been told.”

He also said the evidence supports that a handgun — not a shotgun — was used to commit the murder. He also suggested that shot shell, possibly a hand-made shell, was used.

“Meanwhile, five years have been taken from Jordan. He’s lost his childhood.”

Dailey’s organization provides legal and other services to accused children, most of whom are indigent and lack family support.

The Redemption Project hires lawyers and expert witnesses at the trial phase; provides mentors, education materials and commissary funds while the children are jailed; and tuition, housing, health care and other support during the prison-to-freedom transition.

He said his project is needed, because of “the unforgiving nature of society toward people accused in these crimes.”

(Email: nlowry@ncnewsonline.com)

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