No Choice But to Charge 11-Year-Old as Adult in Pregnant Woman’s Murder, DA Says

February 23, 2009 - 3:22 PM
A prosecutor says he had no choice but to file adult charges against an 11-year-old Pennsylvania boy accused of killing his father's pregnant girlfriend.

In this undated photo released by the Houk family shows Kenzie Marie Houk with her daughters Jenessa, left, and Adalynn in Wampum, Pa.. Eleven-year-old Jordan Brown is charged in the shooting death of the 26-year-old pregnant mother of two. (AP Photo/Thhe Houk Family)

Pittsburgh (AP) - A prosecutor says he had no choice but to file adult charges against an 11-year-old Pennsylvania boy accused of killing his father's pregnant girlfriend.
 
The Lawrence County District Attorney says Pennsylvania law doesn't permit him to file a criminal homicide charge against Jordan Brown in juvenile court. However, the boy's attorney can ask a judge to move the case to juvenile court.
 
Brown is charged as an adult with using his own 20-gauge shotgun to kill 26-year-old Kenzie Marie Houk while she lay in bed.
 
Because he's charged as an adult, Brown is in the county jail - but he's separated from adult inmates. His attorney says being locked up with adults is inappropriate for a child. He plans to file an emergency motion to have the boy moved to a juvenile facility or released on bail.