Fourteen years after 11-year-old was accused of murder, Jordan Brown's legal saga continues
More than 14 years after a then 11-year-old Lawrence County boy was charged with the shotgun slaying of his father’s pregnant girlfriend, a battle continues in a legal saga for Jordan Brown.
Brown, now 25-years-old, has been pursuing a civil lawsuit filed in federal court against four former state troopers and a former police commissioner who he claims brought fabricated evidence against that led to him being wrongfully convicted of murdering 26-year-old Kenzie Houk and her unborn son at the family’s Wampum, Pennsylvania home on February 20, 2009.
A juvenile court judge later found Brown guilty of first-degree murder and homicide of an unborn child. Brown by the state supreme court in 2018 after spending years in detention. The Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled prosecutors did not provide enough evidence to support a conviction.
In 2020, Brown’s attorney filed the civil complaint seeking damages for what he claims was a “stolen” childhood.
Last week attorneys for both sides agreed to drop two of the four counts filed in the case.
The counts dropped include one which alleged a civil conspiracy by the four former officers and another, claiming that former commissioner Frank Pawlowski was liable as a supervisor.
However, Brown is still pursuing claims that his Fourth and Fourteenth Amendment rights were violated through malicious prosecution and fabrication of evidence.
The lawsuit alleges that the only evidence against him was the “coerced and fabricated” statement of his stepsister.
"She had been interviewed four times in 14 hours on the same day that she learned her mother, Kenzie Houk, was murdered. Her first and second statements exculpated Jordan. Her third and fourth statements were built on lies that were fed to her by the investigators. It would be those statements that caused Jordan to be arrested," the complaint stated.
Brown's lawsuit claims authorities failed to pursue the possibility that Kenzie Houk may have been murdered by a former boyfreind.
Brown has asked for a jury trial, the date for which has not been set.