Defense lawyers want ‘Justice for Jordan’

Defense lawyers want 'Justice for Jordan'


NEW CASTLE, Pa. (WYTV) –  Attorneys for 17-year-old Jordan Brown said they want “Justice for Jordan” by him being acquitted or getting a new trial.

The Wampum, Pa. boy was ruled “delinquent,” which is similar to a guilty verdict in adult court, in the 2009 murder of his father’s pregnant fiancee, 26-year-old Kenzie Houk,and her unborn son. Brown was 11 at the time of the shooting.

Jordan Brown’s father and the mother of Kenzie Houk made their way separately into the Lawrence County Government Center on Thursday morning. They didn’t comment on the court proceedings, but Brown’s attorney spoke on his behalf afterward.

“Jordan and I conversed. We had private, confidential conversations. He is 17 now. He will be 18 at the end of August. He recognizes, not being a lawyer, but being a very, very bright kid, he is number one in his class at the place where he is being housed, he recognized some of the fallacies of the Commonwealth’s argument,” defense attorney Dennis Elisco said.

The judge made no ruling in the case, but it is now under review by the state. The defense presented its arguments, in which they asked for either an acquittal or a new trial.

“I think we have a crystal ball in terms of what happens if we don’t get the relief we are requesting here. I think Superior Court sends it back and we can continue to do this, in perpetuity, or he can release him and acquit this young man or get a new trial and we run through with the same facts that we have that just are not sufficient,” defense attorney Stephen Colafella said.

The Commonwealth requested the judge to re-evaluate the evidence. However, the state still needs to file a written argument, which was ordered to be done by the court.

The defense filed a 41-page brief. No time line was given as to when the state’s written argument will be done, but at that time, the defense will then have 14 days to respond.

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