2011-12-08 / Local & State

Date Set On Appeal To Open Pa. Boy's Murder Trial

NEW CASTLE, Pa. (AP) – The Pennsylvania Superior Court will hear arguments in Pittsburgh Jan. 10 on whether to open the juvenile court trial for a boy who was just 11 when he allegedly murdered his father's pregnant fianc├łe and her unborn child.

The New Castle News reported the scheduled session on Sunday. That newspaper along with the Pittsburgh Post- Gazette and the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review are appealing a decision by a Lawrence County judge to close the trial of Jordan Brown.

The Wampum boy is now 14, but was originally charged as an adult in the February 2009 killings before the case was moved to juvenile court earlier this year.

The boy’s attorneys say juvenile court proceedings should be private. The newspapers say privacy rights normally afforded juvenile defendants have been rendered moot by coverage of the case in adult court.

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