Jordan Brown Decertification Hearing Goes To Common Pleas Court

By Jon Greiner

NEW CASTLE (KDKA) — State Superior Court has remanded Jordan Brown’s decertification hearing back to Common Pleas Court.

A Lawrence County judge had ruled Brown, 11 at the time of his arrest for the murder of his father’s girlfriend, should be tried as an adult.

The Superior Court had questions about whether Brown’s Fifth Amendment rights to self incrimination had been violated during an interview with a psychiatrist.

Brown’s attorney, David Acker of New Castle told KDKA-TV: “I’m happy about the decision. It’s what we wanted.”

Acker believes another hearing may be held within just a few weeks that will determine whether Brown will be tried as a juvenile or as an adult.

Brown is accused of killing 26-year-old Kenzie Houk, his father’s fiancée back in February of 2009 in New Beaver Township.

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  • Ryan

    Never let this murderer out on the streets ever again.

  • TAD

    this is one evil little dude, his eyes are that of a cold hearted killer. what he did is that of a cold calculated adult. he should be treated as such

    • phycho


  • blaney

    How do you know he is a murderer? The media is the one who has convicted this boy without a trial.

  • Sara Sams

    Jordans eyes dont look like a murder he looks like he has been crying. He needs to be charged as a Juvenile not an adult if he did do it. The dads girlfriend got around town if you know what I mean.she was a cruel person . so this wasnt her child and she was not nice to him. I say take a look at his father for some answers.. lawrence county and the Pa. State Police are not good Investagators. I know this from when my brother was killed in the City of New Castle ten yrs ago.They did not even question the girlfriend he had at the time..

  • J.Lowe

    He’s a child and his brain is not fully developed enough to be responsible for his actions.Those who abandon the thought of him being a child still yet should all rot in Hell. And i don’t care about anyone elses comments on mine. Self appointed Godly types who judge this child are sick people. He’s young enough to be rehabilitated. The father should be in jail not him.The boy should be getting help, not behind bars.The State of Pa. is one sick, corrupt place.

  • city of sadness

    Candycanes I agree he is the devil, but you will be deemed a racist if you say that and run out of town…lets talk about something good like the mayor getting divorced, and if its true he got a PITT cheerleader pregnant….I hear it is..

  • Dan

    people like him don’t get better. He is a sick murderer. He could sit on the therapists couch for years and then go murder again. Crying, ha. He is gloating about what he did. He has no remorse whatsoever. Life in jail for that waste of flesh.

  • Terik Ororke

    If those who are eleven years old can be treated as adults, then everything an e,eleven year old is involved in should be an adult matter — like driving, drinking, deciding to get married and the like. Let us not resort to Medieval tendencies –those who are 11 are babies.

    • Dallas

      Trerik, that is a foolish analogy. Driving, marriage, and voting are rights.

      There is never a RIGHT …at any age to murder someone.

    • hanover pa

      i agree

  • Leb

    Sorry, but this so called child will kill again, especially if he gets away with it. He shows no remorse, and he has admitted he did it. Don’t be fooled by the age, there are a lot of 11 year olds out there who talk about killing their parents or other kids, and they are dead serious. 11 is no longer a child, there are 11 year olds having sex in the back of school buses, flirting with 20 year old men on the internet and there are plenty that are capable of murder and know what they are doing. This is one of them. He needs to learn he can not get away with this. What the baby his father’s girlfriend not a child? To me, that baby was more a child then this monster.


      It is totally evident this kid is a product of bad parenting the dad who lets his kid have a gun neglects his kid when he was crying out for attention and in need of a severe counselling and if anything this kid should be in a mental institution cause he has serious emotional problems and the dad should go to jail for letting his kid have a gun .

      • Dan

        Funny I saw a cops kid kill himself and the dad was charged…this kid took dads gun and shot the girlfriend…..Whats the difference? Dad should be cant have it both ways? Being a cop or firefighter doesnt afford you less rights

      • Dallas

        This kid’s dad didn’t murder anyone. And please get real…….millions of children are around hunting guns and don’t become a cold blooded murderer. Quit trying to blame someone else instead of the one who did the crime. It is offensive to the victims. The kid should go to prison for life because he is the one that USED that gun to murder people with. No one is to blame for these deaths except the one who pulled the trigger.

        Crying out for attention? Oh please. By murdering a woman and the baby she carried? That is beyond ridiculous. That is not crying out for attention but having full intentions of ending life!

        The doctors have said this boy cant be treated or rehabilitate. He is a danger to society. What is going to happen when he gets grown and gets insanely jealous of his girlfriend or wife?

  • Richard

    For appropriate justice to be done he should be tried as an adult and, if found guilty of premeditated murder, executed like any other murderer. Age should not matter in this case as an eleven year old certainly should know right from wrong. Unfortunately, if tried as an adult and found guilty taxpayers will pay to support this worthless criminal the rest of his life!

    • tommiano

      really richard,lol you seriously want to execute an 11 year old boy?!i think maybe you should be strapped to the chair and lit up!

  • abram
  • Dallas

    That is exactly what the bleeding hearts in our society are doing. They don’t sit back and really look at the issue and the issue is already at a very young age these particular kids are capable of murdering at will. Already they are takers of life.

    They scare me more than someone that doesn’t murder until they are adults.

    These kids are rare and we cannot treat them like the rest of the children in the juvenile justice system. They don’t belong there. They are in a league all of their own and must be treated differently. We cant just let them kill as many people as they want to and give them little or no time and then dump them right back out in society to deal with.

    Protect the children from THEM and others in society. These children have crossed over to the dark side. We cannot sacrifice the safety of all to protect a minute few who do such horrendous acts.

  • abram

    Here we go again, a young boy, eleven when jailed and imprisoned for over two years has to suffer angst again, over a decertification hearing and a trial by media. The mob wants blood of an eleven year old (at the time of the crime), and they don’t care if the real killer stays on the loose. Jordan shouldn’t even be tried, the case should be dismissed for violations of his constitutional rights 4th, 5th, 6th & 14th amendments or acquitted for lack of evidence. If he is tried then certainly there cannot be a fair trial Pennsylvania.

    • Tommy Truth

      hes white…that means he has no rights!

  • abram

    In th last few years Pennsylvania has granted, bail for teens who beat an immigrant to death, , bail for an adult who shot a man in the back then turned him over and shot him in the throat,, bail for an adult who had a PFA (protection from abuse) filed against him, who was not allowed to have a firearm, who kidnapped Tina and threatened her with a shotgun. On release he went right back to her home – took her into the woods and shot her with a shotgun and then himself.

  • abram However the state of Pennsylvania sees fit on flimsy evidence and a poor investigation to jail an eleven year old boy for over two years without bail. Still no trial. The state is sick here – not Jordan.

  • abram

    In th last few years Pennsylvania has granted, bail for teens who beat an immigrant to death, bail for an adult who shot a man in the back then turned him over and shot him in the throat, bail for an adult who had a PFA (protection from abuse) filed against him, who was not allowed to have a firearm, who kidnapped Tina and threatened her with a shotgun. On release he went right back to her home – took her into the woods and shot her with a shotgun and then himself.

  • abram However the state of Pennsylvania sees fit on flimsy evidence and a poor investigation to jail an eleven year old boy for over two years without bail. Still no trial. The state is sick here – not Jordan.

  • abram
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  • abram

    Sorry for the convoluted posts but CBS wouldn’t allow the post in one piece.

    Ignore post 2 and the order will be correct.
    Links wouldn’t post either so I posted them separate.

  • Kevin

    Apparently, no one commenting (or very few) have ever heard the concept of “Innocent until proven guilty.”
    Jordan is, at this point, accused. Accused is not convicted. As I read the comments, I am appalled. You do realize that you are speaking of an 11-year-old? No matter how you slice it, he is a CHILD. He is not an adult, he’s not a little adult, he is a child. Does no one remember being a child? Some of the things that come to mind are, impulsive, confused, foolish, irrational, to name a few.
    What does this say about us, as a society that we are so willing to dispose of an 11-year-old as so much trash? That is what is scary.
    Another thing that comes to mind with all the religious slant and supposed “Christians” crying for this child’s blood… As you judge, so shall you be judged.

    • Dallas

      Yes, I do remember very well being a child of 11 and I can assure you I wasnt pointing a laoded shotgun at the head of a pregnant woman and trying to blow her head off or harm anyone else for that matter. And I sure knew right from wrong though. Knew that way before the age of 11.

      Yeah he is a child but her sure had a good aim didn’t he?

      II cant begin to count the children I have known throughout my lifetime but I have never once known any of them to be stone cold murders. So what does being a child have to do with it? Are the victims somehow less dead or something?

      Making the defendant sound like the typical 11 year old is offensive to millions of other children who do not harm anyone. Trying to compare the defendant with other children is ridiculous. He isnt just a child……..he is accused of double MURDER!

      Well If I intentionally harmed someone or murdered them II certainly expect to be judged for the evil act I have done.

      Please…….IUPG is only meant for the jurors and the presiding Judge who will sit on his case. The public at large has a right to their entitled opinions before, during and after the trial..

  • abram

    Dallas, if you care to balance the media reports then try these;

    • Dallas

      Isn’t this just a blog based on someone’s opinion?

      Why am Ito believe that site anymore than others?

      I saw the same arguments and excuses put forth in the 8 year old boy’s case in Arizona when he shot two men to death in cold blood.

      • dandailey

        No Dallas, it is not just my unsubstantiated opinion–The postings about Jordan Brown on the Wandervogel Diary present balanced judgment based on detailed knowledge of all the evidence in the case. I have been provided access by Chris Brown to everything he and Jordan’s attorneys know, and I can state unequivocally that Jordan Brown is innocent and the authorities in PA are guilty of a shameless miscarriage of justice–from the beginning, all for political gain.

        Wake up, Pennsylvanians! One of your children could be next.

        Dan Dailey

  • abram

    Check the sites and decide for yourself. Melissa on justice4juveniles seems quite fair and objective to me.

    The 8 year old what is his name?
    Are there any pictures of him and has he gone to trial?

    • Dallas

      I know his name but would rather not write it. At one time there was a court website that had a lot of his information. I do not know if it exist any longer.

      He was sent to a secure locked treatment facility and can remain there until the age of 18 or longer if he is still deemed to be a danger to society after the age of 18. The medical experts do not think he will be amenable to treatment.

      He plead guilty. He shot one of the victims 5 times and the other victim 6 times. I imagine this boy is an anti-social child which cannot be treated to become a productive member of society. He too showed absolutely no remorse and for a long time denied that he had committed both murders..

      I have seen photos of the AZ child but a lot of them were taken down so I don’t know if any exist on the net now.

      I am sure Melessa is fair but she is getting her information from one side only…the defense. Until both sides of the story are told the truth will never be known. That is why we have trials and DAs and defense attorneys.,

  • Dallas


    Well it certainly looks like other blog sites I have seen.

    Lots of “I”s in the opinions.

  • abram

    Dan Dailey is a conscientious, compassionate man who makes good points which warrant consideration.

    Melissa is not a friend of the family nor does she have contact with them. She is fighting to maintain everyones rights through Jordan.

    Justice4juveniles is open to all evidence and information it can gather but they can only go by what is offered or out there.

    What is disturbing is the 5 hour investigation, the lack of evidence and the nature of the evidence they have against Jordan. He has been incarcerated without bail for over two years while much worse have been granted bail. I don’t see the incarceration being a net benefit to him unless his home situation was horribly afoul. His case could be dismissed or acquitted or he may be found not guilty. The danger to the public of Jordan out on bail cannot be more than from the other culprits who were granted bail which I mentioned earlier, and the same for flight risk. Why do we risk turning a boy into a harden personality who if and when finally released for reasons mentioned may have more issues than when he entered?

    Jordan has his name and photo published all over the media while for the eight year old nothing is to be found – name – photo – details and evidence. You don’t even dare mention his name even though you know it. I’ve only seen one site with comments, for the 8 year old, and they are nothing like the multitude of sites with quick judgments and nasty comments toward Jordan. Unless some clear evidence to the contrary is made available I will continue to believe Jordan is innocent and that Pennsylvania does not have a winnable case. Regardless the system was more than cruel and the system has violated or denied Jordan a number of his constitutional rights.

    • Dallas

      Like I said until ALL the information is known in this case no one can say with any certainty Jordan is innocent or guilty. It is my opinion that he is guilty. I will wait for all the facts to come forth…….and not base it on partial knowledge and surely not based on the words of what a defense attorney has said. Defense attorneys have a knack of trying to diminish the evidence. That is their jobs.

      I wouldn’t think that murdering two people would be charges where bail would be granted. Jordan certainly isn’t the only defendant who has had to wait incarcerated a long time waiting for their case to come to trial.

      The reason that Jordan’s name and photo was shown in the media is PA they already has a law on the books that states anyone his age is to be tried as an adult if they commit homicide and we have two homicides in this case.

      I don’t believe in conspiracy theories. I don’t believe a DA would railroad a child on a double murder charge.

      Oh so many had blogs galore going ninety to nothing on the AZ case too. Same excuses and so convinced that the DA was the bad guy and the kid was innocent. Well he wasnt innocent. He was a cold blooded double murderer.

      I would think any DA would much rather the defendant be a burly ugly 200 pound, 6 foot, brute than a snotty nosed kid ,but unfortunately a DA doesn’t get to pick the ages of the murderers……The DA just has to try and see that justice is done for the victims who lost their lives neeedlessly….no matter how young or old the defendant happens to be..

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