Friday, April 02, 2010

12-year-old charged with killing woman and unborn child

In Pennsylvania, a twelve-old boy named Jordan Brown has been charged with criminal homicide after allegedly killing his father's pregnant fiancee by shooting her in the back of the head with a shotgun. Kenzie Marie Houk was 8 and 1/2 months pregnant.
Cynthia Orr, president of the National Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys, said she's never heard of someone as young as Brown charged with fetal homicide. Brown's attorneys are expected to appeal.....

Prosecutors have said they will seek a conviction on first-degree murder charges, for which Brown could face up to life in prison if convicted.

Prosecutors have suggested the boy was jealous of Houk and her unborn son. Police had said Brown hid the weapon under a blanket so Houk's 7-year-old daughter wouldn't see it as he entered her mother's room. Later, authorities say, he threw the spent shell casing along a path on his way to a bus and went to school.

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