Juvenile trial for western Pa. murder suspect set

September 16, 2011 8:36:40 AM PDT
A western Pennsylvania boy who was just 11 when charged in the shotgun murder of his father's pregnant fiance faces a juvenile court trial later this month.

The New Castle News reports Friday that Lawrence County Judge John Hodge has scheduled the trial for Sept. 27.

Prosecutors originally charged Jordan Brown, of Wampum, as an adult in the February 2009 slaying of 26-year-old Kenzie Houk. Another county judge originally refused defense requests to move Brown's case to juvenile court, but relented last month after the Superior Court ordered him to reconsider that decision.

Prosecutors opposed the move saying Brown's denials that he killed Houk prove he isn't remorseful enough to be rehabilitated in the juvenile system, which will only have jurisdiction until he turns 21. But Brown's attorneys argued the remorse requirement violated the boy's right against self-incrimination.


Information from: New Castle News, http://www.ncnewsonline.com