Kenzie Houk Murder: Jordan Brown Faces Adult Trial
Twelve-year-old Jordan Brown is facing an adult trial for the murder of Kenzie Houk, a pregnant 26-year-old who was found shot in the head in her bed. Jordan Brown is Kenzie Houk's fiancé's son.
This month, Jordan Brown's parents are trying to get the case moved to the juvenile justice system; Jordan Brown pled not guilty to the Kenzie Houk murder last May; at that time he was 11 years old.
In Pennsylvania, there is no lower limit for the age someone can be charged as an adult with criminal homicide. If convicted, Jordan, now 12, faces life in prison without the possibility of parole.
Police say that the kid-sized 20-guage shotgun that Jordan Brown got as a present was the murder weapon.
Prosecutors allege there was tension between Jordan and Houk, who had moved into the father's farmhouse. They say Jordan was jealous of Houk and her two daughters. The unborn child was a boy.
Prosecutors also allege that there is strong physical evidence linking Jordan to the crime. Police found gunshot residue on Jordan's shirt. A state trooper testified that the gun smelled like it had been freshly fired. His defense team argues that many of Jordan's shirts and guns had residue because he frequently hunted with his father.
Also, police said they discovered a blanket covering the gun with a quarter-sized hole burned into it.
That Jordan Brown is getting prosecuted for the Kenzie Houk murder is a given- the defense's next move is to get him tried as a juvenile, which means that, if he's convicted, he'll face less-harsh sentencing than if he is tried as an adult.