2010-03-18 / Local & State

Judge To Rule Later On ‘Adult’ Hearing For Pa. Boy


NEW CASTLE, Pa. (AP) – A northwestern Pennsylvania judge says he’ll decide by April 1 whether to try as an adult a boy who allegedly killed his father’s pregnant fiancee.

Lawrence County Judge Dominick Motto gave attorneys on both sides a week to submit written arguments concerning now- 12-year-old Jordan Brown.

Brown was 11 when he allegedly shot 26-year-old Kenzie Marie Houk in their New Galilee farmhouse in February 2009. Houk’s unborn son also died.

A prosecution psychiatrist testified Friday that Brown has a “very limited’’ likelihood of rehabilitation. Dr. John O’Brien says Brown is evasive, resentful and has not accepted responsibility for Houk’s death.

A state trooper also testified that a shotgun belonging to Brown was linked to Houk’s death.

If tried as an adult, Brown faces the possibility of life in prison.

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