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The Superior Court of Pennsylvania has ordered a new trial for Jordan Brown, who was convicted last May of killing his his father’s fiancee, Kenzie Houck, and her unborn child in February of 2009.
According to a filing on Wednesday, the Superior Court found the Lawrence County Juvenile Court erroneously convicted the youth despite a lack of evidence.
Jordan was 11 at the time of the murder and was convicted of criminal homicide and criminal homicide of an unborn child.
Last year, a juvenile court judge ordered Brown transferred to a treatment center, where he was to be evaluated every six months. Because he was tried as a juvenile, he can only be held in detention until his 21st birthday.
“Because the evidence of record does not support certain of the juvenile court’s crucial factual findings, we vacate the dispositional order and remand the case to the juvenile court for further proceedings,” the ruling stated.
Brown originally was going to be tried in adult court, but his defense won an appeal that sent it to juvenile court.