NEW CASTLE (KDKA) — A hearing was held today in the case of Jordan Brown, the Lawrence County boy accused in the death of his father’s pregnant fiancée.
Brown was 11-years-old at the time of his arrest in connection with the death of 26-year-old Kenzie Houk. She died in February of 2009 in New Beaver Township.
Brown is now 13.
During today’s proceedings, Lawrence County Judge Dominick Motto ruled that there will be yet another hearing to determine whether Brown should be tried as an adult.
After today’s status conference, Deborah Houk, the victim’s mother, expressed frustration with the length of the legal process.
“I think about my baby every night,” she said holding back tears.
Prosecutor Anthony Krastek said it’s too early to speculate about whether the prosecution would accept a deal to try Brown as a juvenile.
“Our first concern is whether he would be a danger to society by the time he is 21,” Krastek said.
The Pennsylvania Superior Court ruled that the procedure that determined Brown should be tried as an adult was legally flawed because the judge used Brown’s refusal to accept responsibility for the crime as a factor in the ruling.
Defense Attorney Dennis Elisco says he is pleased the judge will reconsider his previous ruling.
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