NEW CASTLE, Pa. (AP/WCN) – The family of a pregnant Pennsylvania woman who was slain along with her unborn son in 2009 is objecting to the release of the convicted killer, who was 11 at the time.
Debra Houk, the mother of 26-year-old Kenzie Houk, and other relatives confirmed Monday’s decision by a Lawrence County judge to release Jordan Brown, after a juvenile court hearing that was closed to the public. The court has authority to hold a juvenile until he turns 21. Brown is now 18.
Brown was charged as a juvenile and ruled “delinquent,” the juvenile court equivalent of guilty, for shooting Houk, his father’s pregnant fiancee. Brown denies the charge and has appealed the verdict.
His attorney called Monday’s ruling “favorable,” but says the court will periodically review Brown’s status.
Brown’s attorney, Dennis Elisco, interviewed with WCN earlier this spring. He announced then that Brown would be released this summer.