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State Appeal Denied In Case Of Lawrence County Juvenile Murder Suspect

July 27, 2013

A state appeals court this week rejected a motion from the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s office to re-argue the case of a Lawrence County teenager who was eleven years old when he was charged with the shooting deaths of his father’s pregnant fiancée and her unborn child.

Jordan Brown, from Wampum, who is now 15, had been found delinquent — the juvenile equivalent of guilty — in the deaths of 26 year-old Kenzie Houk and her unborn son.

The Superior Court decision this week means the earlier decision overturning the delinquent ruling stands, although the state has thirty days to appeal to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.

The case, stemming from the Houk murders in February, 2009, had originally been delayed for nearly three years while attorneys and judges debated whether Brown should be tried as a juvenile or an adult.  Brown remains in juvenile custody.

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