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April 10, 2012

Juvenile proceeding for Jordan Brown under way in county court

NEW CASTLE — Jordan Brown has grown more than a foot since he was charged with the shooting of his father’s pregnant fiancee.

The juvenile adjudication hearing, to determine if Jordan, 14, is responsible for the deaths of Kenzie Houk and her unborn son began this morning in Court Room No. 1 of the Lawrence County Courthouse.

Jordan was 11 when the incident occurred on Feb. 20, 2009. He was initially charged as an adult with two counts of homicide. The case has since been transferred to juvenile court and is being heard by Lawrence County Judge John W. Hodge who will decide the outcome.

Hodge also closed the case to the public and news media. Three newspapers, including the New Castle News, appealed to the state Superior Court who upheld Hodge’s ruling.

If found responsible, Jordan could be ordered to remain in treatment until his 21st birthday. Had the case remained in criminal court, and he was found guilty, Jordan could have been sentenced to life in prison without parole.

Look for more details from reporter Nancy Lowry in Wednesday’s edition of the New Castle News.

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