Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Jordan Brown Before Superior Court Today

Today, a three-judge state Superior Court panel will hear arguments from the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General and Jordan Brown's attorneys, on the question of whether to try Brown, who was charged with murder at age 11, in adult or juvenile court.

Brown is charged with the 2009 shooting death of his father's girlfriend, Kenzie Marie Houk, and the death of her unborn child. It is alleged that Brown placed a shotgun to the back of Houk's head when she was sleeping and shot her as he was preparing to leave for school. He then took his little sister to catch the school bus.

According to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,Prosecutors say the "horrific" nature of the murders dictates trying Brown as an adult.

The defense suggests that Lawrence County Court of Common Pleas Judge Dominick Motto's March 29, 2010 order of court, finding that Brown should be tried as an adult, violated a fundamental right under the U.S. Constitution, namely the presumption of innocence.

Brown's case has generated international attention. If Brown where tried as an adult and convicted of first degree murder, he would be the youngest person in U.S. history to be sentenced to life without the possibility of parole.

To read more: http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/news/s_719479.html#ixzz1C3DeX4Pj

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