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PA Supreme Court Overturns Jordan Brown Conviction

He was found guilty in the shotgun slaying of his father's pregnant fiancée when he was 11

July 18, 2018 - 12:32 pm
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PITTSBURGH (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) - Pennsylvania's highest court has overturned the conviction of Jordan Brown, who was found guilty in the shotgun slaying of his father's pregnant fiancée in their New Beaver, Lawrence County home in 2009.  Brown was 11 at the time.

The state Supreme Court says prosecutors didn't provide enough evidence to support his conviction. 

The 5-0 ruling reversed a finding by a juvenile court judge in Lawrence County, upheld by a state appellate court, that Brown was guilty of first-degree murder and homicide of an unborn child.

Brown, now 20, was charged in the slaying of 26-year-old Kenzie Houk, who was eight months pregnant.

Justices attacked the evidence as insufficient, saying among other things that trial evidence pointing to a shotgun in Brown's bedroom as the murder weapon supported an equally reasonable conclusion that it wasn't the murder weapon.  

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