Juvenile status reviewed for Pa. slaying suspect

August 5, 2011 - 4:44 PM

NEW CASTLE, Pa. (AP) — A western Pennsylvania judge has again heard arguments about whether a boy should be tried as an adult on charges he murdered his father's pregnant fiancée when he was 11.

Lawrence County Judge Dominick Motto didn't immediately rule after Friday's hearing regarding 13-year-old Jordan Brown.

The Superior Court ordered the judge to reconsider last year's ruling that Brown should be tried as an adult. The appeals court agreed with defense attorneys that the judge wrongly based his decision on what he called the boy's "lack of remorse," saying that violates the boy's right against self-incrimination because he denies the crime.

The judge must now decide whether the boy is likely to be rehabilitated in the juvenile system, where he can't be punished beyond age 21. If not, the boy can be tried as an adult in the 2009 shooting.