12 year old boy faces adult murder charges

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CNN.com reports:

On a chilly morning in February 2009, state police found 26-year-old Kenzie Houk in her bed with a bullet though her head. She was eight months pregnant.

The search for her killer ended with the most surprising murder suspect residents of Wampum, Pennsylvania, had ever seen: 11-year-old Jordan Brown, the son of the victim’s fiancé.

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Houk

He is one of the youngest suspects in the        country to be charged with homicide, legal     experts say. There are two counts of homicide, one covering the fetus…

Boy, 12, faces grown up murder charges

(Images from CNN.com)

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The first question that may come to many readers minds are what/who influenced this child to commit such a horrific crime.  Jordan is pleading not guilty and as of now is sticking with that.  He has many supporters who believe he is telling the truth, however all of the clues seem to add up that he is in fact guilty.

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In my opinion, I do not think that giving an 11 year old a gun for Easter is an ideal present. I do not care if it for hunting, it only educes violence. If a parents strongly feels like a hunting weapon is a good present for a young child, then they should be smart enough to lock in up in a safe place where the child could not get to.

One of the biggest issues discussed in this article is whether or not the child should face adult murder charges at 12.   Many may agree with John Bongivengo of the Lawrence County District Attorney’s Office, either charge him as an adult or don’t charge him. It is really rare to see on the news that an 11-year-old is committing a double homicide, especially to a pregnant woman. “A desertification hearing, at which Jordan’s attorneys will ask the judge to move the case to the juvenile system, began this month. A decision on whether the case will be tried in the juvenile system or adult courts will likely be made in March,” attorneys say. If Jordan is convicted of a double homicide, which Houk’s family hopes for, Jordan may go to prison for life without parole. Witnesses say that Jordan is so young that he is not even grasping the consequences of his suspected actions.

At the time of the slaying residents described Jordan as chubby fifth-grader with dark brown hair and an energetic smile. Family and friends describe him as an “all-American boy.” He was in elementary school, elementary!

Why did police find gunshot residue on Jordan’s shirt? Furthermore, if there were no signs of breaking and entering from a robber then who else could have possibly killed Kenzie Houk and her unborn child.

So is Jordan an “all-American boy,” or a jealous step-child that revolted because his younger two siblings and soon to be step brother were getting too much attention and the spot light wasn’t on him. Did Jordan just want to get his soon to be step-mother out of the picture and have his dad all to himself again?

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1 Response to 12 year old boy faces adult murder charges

  1. jalbaz says:

    Wow! This is an intense case…I certainly think that he deserves to face adult charges. The fact that his father gave him the gun for easter brings up a million more issues facing this country and others today. The prescense of a gun in a home does influence violence in my opinion, whether or not it is for hunting. It would be difficult for a 12-year-old to comprehend the signifigance and power of a gun…maybe he could not understand that it would in fact murder his soon to be step-mom, that it wasn’t just a toy etc. The gun shot residue on his shirt in addition to the fact that there was not a break in really make it seem that the murderer is in fact Jordan. This is going to be a controversial case similar to that case that occured in Arizona with the child killing his father and his father’s roommate.

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