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Thursday, March 11, 2010

Jordan A Brown, 11, faces grown up murder charges

Posted February 10, 2010

(CNN) -- In February 2009, her 4-year-old daughter found 26-year-old Kenzie Houk in her bed with a bullet though her head. She was eight months pregnant.
The search for her killer ended with the most surprising murder suspect residents had ever seen: 11-year-old Jordan Brown, the son of the victim's fiancé.

He is one of the youngest suspects in the country to be charged with homicide, legal experts say. There are two counts of homicide, one covering the fetus.

He pleaded not guilty to the charges in May.

In Pennsylvania, there is no lower limit for the age someone can be charged as an adult with criminal homicide. If convicted, Jordan, now 12, faces life in prison without the possibility of parole.

The question of age is being raised in the Supreme Court this year where the practice of sentencing young people younger than 14 to life in prison without parole is being challenged.

After nearly a year of silence, Jordan's family, friends and attorney are bringing attention to the case...This month, they will launch the Jordan Brown Trust Fund to raise money for his defense.
A decertification hearing, requesting the judge move the case to the juvenile system, began this month. A decision on whether the case will be tried in the juvenile system or adult courts will likely be made in March, attorneys say.
The suspect's father has not publicly discussed the case, and CNN has been unable to reach him for comment...


Anonymous said...

USA is a sick country. Change gun legislation and reduce paranoia at every level and things might start to change.

Anonymous said...

Sure, guns don't kill people, just like leaving your house unlocked doesn't cause robberies.