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

By Staff | February 23, 2009 | 2:22 PM EST

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.
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.