Boy Charged with The Murder of His Father's Pregnant Girlfriend
An 11-year-old Pennsylvania boy is charged with killing his father’s pregnant girlfriend authorities said Saturday.
According to the Associated Press, Jordan Brown was charged as an adult Saturday with the death of 26-year-old Kenzie Houk, who was eight months pregnant.
Police say the boy shot Houk in the back of the head as she lay in bed Friday morning, CNN reports. He then put the youth model 20-gauge shotgun back into his room and went to school.
Houk’s body was found by her 4-year-old daughter, who told tree cutters on the property that she thought her mom was dead, Lawrence County District Attorney John Bongivengo told the Associated Press.
When questioned by police, the Brown told them that there was a black truck at the scene that morning, which led investigators to follow a false lead for around five hours, Bongivengo said. Inconsistencies in Brown’s description of the vehicle led police to interview Houk’s daughter, who implicated Brown in the killing.
She didn't actually eyewitness the shooting. She saw him with what she believed to be a shotgun and heard a loud bang," Bongivengo told the Associated Press.
The motive for the killing is unclear, police say. Houk’s father, Jack Houk, could only come up with one reason.
“Maybe he was just jealous of my daughter and the baby and thought he would be overpowered,” Jack Houk said.
Defense attorney Dennis Elisco said he plans to ask for the boy to be released on bail Monday and for the case to be moved into juvenile court. Elisco also wants to see physical evidence that ties Brown to the murder.
“I don’t think he knows what’s going on,” Elisco said, “I walked out of there thinking he was innocent. I believe Jordan did not do this.”
Brown was arraigned and is currently held in the Lawrence County Jail with a preliminary hearing scheduled for Thursday.