October 23, 2012 by valuesvotersnyc
On the heels of the murder this weekend of Vindalee Smith, an 8 1/2 month pregnant Brooklyn mother and her unborn child comes today’s AP story about Jordan Brown, a Pennsylvania boy, who killed his father’s pregnant fiancee and her unborn child when he was just 11.
The boy was tried as a juvenile and sentenced to a youth detention facility until age 21. Pennsylvania authorities, however, wanted to try him as an adult. And had they done so, he would have been imprisoned for life for two murders. Unlike New York, Pennsylvania has a fetal homicide law.
A 15-year old Pennsylvania boy who killed hid father’s pregnant fiancee and her unborn child when he was just 11 is scheduled for his first juvenile court review next month.
Jordan Brown, of Wampum, was found delinquent, the juvenile court equivalent of a guilty verdict, in the February 2009 deaths of 26-year-old Kenzie Houk and her unborn son.
Houk was shot in the back of the head with Brown’s .20-gauge youth model shotgun in bed. At the time, she was engaged to Jordan Brown’s father, Christopher Brown, and 8 1/2 months pregnant with his son.
Brown’s attorneys fought efforts to try the boy as an adult, which could have resulted in a life sentence.
Instead, he’ll remain under court supervision until he’s 21 and his status will be reviewed every six months. Nov. 2 is the first time that will happen.
In a shocking twist in Ms. Smith’s murder investigation, police say a note found near her body the killer promises other murders unless DC sniper Lee Boyd Malvo is released from prison. Malvo was the teenage boy involved in the DC-area sniper shootings 10 years ago.
Now pregnant woman and their unborn children are possibly targets of a crazed serial killer wannabe. Enacting UVVA will serve as an additional deterrent to these murderous sickos.