Hearing Stayed for Boy, 15, Accused in Killing

NEW CASTLE, Pa. (AP) – A detention hearing has been delayed indefinitely for a 15-year-old western Pennsylvania boy who was just 11 when he was charged in the shotgun killing of his father’s pregnant fiancee and her unborn child in February 2009.

The indefinite delay of Tuesday’s hearing means Jordan Brown, of Wampum, will remain in a juvenile detention facility near Grove City, likely while state prosecutors appeal a Superior Court panel’s decision last week to vacate his juvenile court conviction. The state attorney general’s office is expected to seek an appeal before the entire Superior Court.

The panel ruled last week there was insufficient evidence for a judge to find Brown delinquent – the juvenile court equivalent of a guilty verdict – in the deaths of Benzie Hook, 26, and her unborn son.

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