State Supreme Court will hear appeal in case of 11-year-old murderer
The state Supreme Court will hear an appeal in the Jordan Brown murder case on Wednesday in Philadelphia.
Brown was 11 years old when arrested in 2009 in Lawrence County for fatally shooting his dad's pregnant fiancée, Kenzie Marie Houk. A juvenile judge ruled Brown delinquent, the equivalent of a guilty verdict, in 2012.
Brown's attorneys, Dennis Elisco and Stephen Colafella, seek a new trial. They argue that prosecutors did not sufficiently prove Brown was the murderer or that his gun was the murder weapon. The state Superior Court agreed and vacated the decision in May.
In briefs filed for the Supreme Court appeal, prosecutors from the Attorney General's Office contend that Brown was the only person in the house who could have killed Houk. They want the justices to affirm the juvenile judge's ruling.
A decision is not expected for a couple months, Colafella said.
Brown, 16, remains in a juvenile detention facility. The state cannot hold him past his 21st birthday.
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