New Castle News


January 3, 2014

Supreme Court to hear Jordan Brown appeal

NEW CASTLE — The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has agreed to hear the appeal of Jordan Brown.

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 had shared with Jordan, his father and her two daughters.

Jordan, 15, was 11 at the time of the Feb. 20, 2009, incident.

Jordan 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.

Defense attorneys Dennis Elisco and Stephen Colafella and the Juvenile Law Center appealed that conviction to the Pennsylvania Superior Court. In May, that court overturned the conviction and sent the case back to Lawrence County juvenile court.

The office of the Pennsylvania Attorney General, which has been prosecuting the case, appealed that ruling to the state Supreme Court. The court agreed this week to hear the case.

No date has yet been set.

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