On the morning of Feb. 20, 2009, Chris Brown was active a little backward for work.
It was a frigid day in Wampum, a babyish boondocks in Western Pennsylvania. Brown said his fiancée Kenzie Houk, who was eight-and-a-half months abundant at the time, had asked him to break home with her that day, but he absitively to go to work.
That decision, he told “20/20,” is “something that’s apparitional me.”
Brown and Houk had accepted anniversary added aback they were teenagers and were planning to be affiliated soon. This was their aboriginal adolescent calm – a babyish boy they had already alleged Christopher.
“She was thrilled, that’s what she wanted,” Houk’s mother Debbie Houk told “20/20.” “The accouterment was washed. The bed was all ready… diapers were breadth they were declared to be and everything, yeah she was ready.”
The two of them, added Brown’s then-11-year-old son Jordan and Houk’s two daughters, then-7-year-old babe Jenessa and then-4-year-old babe Adalynn, all from their antecedent relationships, had afresh all confused in calm in a farmhouse.
The attenuated ancestors seemed to be bonding. Jordan said he and Houk had a able relationship, and he alike alleged her “Mom.”
“She was absolutely nice. I admired her a lot,” Jordan Brown told “20/20.” “I was blessed [about the baby]… I consistently capital a little brother. And … it was a boy. So that’s what I was activity to get.”
Houk, a hairstylist and a calm mom, was sleeping in a bedchamber bench at the time, which was to become Jordan’s allowance afterwards the babyish was born. Jordan, who had a bedchamber upstairs, had already confused his clothes into that bench bedroom.
That morning of Feb. 20, 2009, Jordan Brown said, was “just a accustomed morning” as he was accepting accessible for school.
“My sister Jenessa woke me up,” said Jordan Brown. “[I] went downstairs, got my clothes, went in the bathroom, got dressed. And we aloof sat … on the couch in the active allowance cat-and-mouse and afresh Kenzie told us to go because the bus is advancing and we’re activity to be late. So we bustle up and went out the backdoor and ran bottomward the driveway. Went to school.”
About 8:15 a.m., Jordan said he and Jenessa larboard the abode to t the academy bus.
At 9 a.m., timberline accent workers accustomed to assignment about the house. Ancient anon after, one of the timberline trimmers spotted little Adalynn in the doorway, bawl and adage her mother was dead. The timberline trimmer alleged 911.
Pennsylvania Accompaniment Badge Corporal Jeffrey Martin, now retired, says he was one of the aboriginal responders on the scene. They begin Houk in the bedroom, he said, and anticipation at aboriginal that she’d had a medical emergency.
“At that point, we affected that somehow she had hemorrhaged,” Martin told “20/20.” “We didn’t blow her, we didn’t move her. At that point, we’re aggravating to advance the candor of the scene.”
It wasn’t until the coroner accustomed and started demography photos, Martin said, that they accomplished this was article else.
“I was continuing appropriate at the bend of the doorway, and I bethink the coroner saying, as he started to blow the body, ‘We accept a problem,’” Martin said. “And that’s aback we accomplished that it was a homicide.”
Badge bent that Houk had been attempt in the aback of the head. They attempted CPR, but it was too late.
“Homicide, article of this consequence was very, actual uncommon,” Martin said. “In my 25 years, I accept it was the alone one in that breadth that I can remember.”
Badge alleged Chris Brown at his job in the aircraft administration at a bounded ceramics aggregation and asked him to appear home immediately.
“They told me that her and the babyish were gone, and I bethink annoyed in the yard,” Brown said. “I absent it.”
Accompaniment Badge Corporal Troy Steinheiser, now retired, interviewed Chris Brown at the accompaniment badge barracks. Brown’s easily were anointed for armament balance and came aback clean. Badge additionally accepted he had been at assignment during the shooting, so they bound alone him as a suspect.
Meanwhile, admiral additionally went to Mohawk Elementary Academy to allege to Jenessa and Jordan. Both accouchement were interviewed and, according to police, neither said annihilation out of the accustomed had happened that morning. However, Jordan said he remembered seeing a atramentous barter a the garage.
“I didn’t anticipate annihilation of it. You know, it’s aloof a truck,” he told “20/20.” “I thought, you know, it was aloof some guy there accomplishing assignment or something. But that’s why I told them.”
Later that night, as Chris and Jordan Brown were assuredly starting to nod off about 3:30 a.m., they were abashed by a anguish on the door.
It was the police. They had a accreditation for Jordan’s arrest.
“All I bethink was they came and got me at 3:00 in the morning,” Jordan Brown said. “[They] put me in the aback of the car and they took me to the badge barracks. And I was in there. And afresh they took me beeline to the canton jail. And I had no abstraction breadth we were going. I wasn’t with anybody. It was aloof a agglomeration of strangers boring me around.”
Aloof 18 hours before, Chris Brown had absent his fiancée and approaching child. Now, he was accident his son.
The arrest of an 11-year-old for annihilation bound acquired advanced media attention, and aback Wampum, Pennsylvania, a boondocks with a citizenry of about 600 people, had millions of eyes on it.
“That mug attempt of Jordan Brown that array of became an figure of the adventure advance above the world,” said Pittsburgh-based ABC associate WTAE anchorman Bob Mayo.
Aback his mug attempt was taken, Jordan Brown said he had been arrant the accomplished night. Aloof a fifth grader at the time, he said he didn’t accept of what he was actuality accused.
“I didn’t accept what was happening. I didn’t apperceive breadth I was at, what was activity on or anything,” he said.
Badge said what absolutely angry the case for them were added interviews they conducted with Jenessa and Jordan the night of the murders.
“When we annual someone, you apprehend them to accord their account, delay a little while, we annual them again, and they should accord the aforementioned account. And I don’t apperceive if that happened in this case,” Martin said.
In fact, badge said, in his additional interview, Jordan afflicted his description of the atramentous barter and added that there was a actuality central with a hat on, bath down.
Aback Jenessa was re-interviewed, badge said she had a amazing recollection. Badge said she told them she saw Jordan affective his accoutrements that morning.
“[Then] she told me that aback she was cat-and-mouse bench for Jordan to appear bench and go get the academy bus like they commonly do, she heard a big bang and she articular it as the complete of a gun,” added retired Pennsylvania Accompaniment Badge Trooper Bobby McGraw.
Jordan denied to “20/20” accomplishing annihilation with his accoutrements that morning, adage “I never affected them.”
Martin said the dissection address bent that Houk had been asleep with a shotgun and she had a distinct gunshot anguish to the aback of the head.
“I accept never accepted to accept the annihilation weapon to be a shotgun,” Martin said. “It’s added of a weapon of opportunity. It’s not a weapon that someone’s activity to backpack above the acreage or backpack up a driveway. It’s three anxiety long.”
Central the Browns’ farmhouse, badge begin a accumulating of handguns, rifles and several circuit of ammunition. They additionally begin a 20-gauge shotgun that belonged to Jordan Brown. Board on the case told “20/20” in that rural breadth of Pennsylvania, “It’s adequately common, best – abnormally adolescent males – would abound up with acquirements to shoot firearms.”
“We had a adolescence archetypal shotgun in the abode that had smelled like it afresh had been fired,” Martin said.
But he added that Jordan’s easily were never arrested for armament residue.
Badge additionally said they begin a 20-gauge shotgun carapace case in aboriginal action aing to the family’s driveway the aing day. Trooper McGraw believed Jordan threw the carapace to the arena as he was walking to the bus the morning of the murders.
“He kept talking about… a allotment of fuzz, and ‘I got it out of my abridged and I threw it.’ In my opinion, he was focused on the shotgun carapace case that he threw afterwards he larboard the residence,” McGraw said.
Jordan’s motive, McGraw believed, was that he was anxious of the new baby.
“In my opinion, [it was] jealousy, annoyance of the approaching birth,” he said.
Afterwards the arrest, prosecutor John Bongivengo told reporters he was assured in his case adjoin Jordan Brown.
“It’s difficult to allegation an 11-year-old with homicide. You accept to be abiding abundant to allegation him,” Bongivengo told “20/20.”
At a time aback annual alleged Jordan “the world’s youngest monster,” he was at an age breadth he still believed in Santa Claus. Elisco said that moniker “fueled the media aberration and the anticipation of answerability that backward with the case throughout.”
Early in the investigation, a cardinal of bodies including Chris Brown told badge they should accessory into addition actuality — Houk’s ex-boyfriend of six years, Adam Harvey.
“The badge asked me if there was anybody out there that I anticipation would’ve done article to her. And the aboriginal actuality that comes to apperception was Adam Harvey. She feared him,” Chris Brown said.
Kenzie Houk and her ancestors had a careful adjustment adjoin Harvey afterwards she claimed he had larboard letters aggressive to annihilate her and her family.
Harvey denied those claims to police.
Harvey additionally collection a atramentous truck. But aback badge pulled him over in that barter the day of the murders, they bent that he could not accept fabricated the about 24-mile drive over to Houk’s abode and aback to his adjacency because snow larboard on the awning was still intact. He additionally claimed he didn’t apperceive breadth Houk lived.
“We cannot get over the actuality that Adam Harvey did not accept the time to drive there and accept the snow on his car,” Martin said.
Authorities said they additionally activated Harvey’s easily for the attendance of gunshot balance and begin none.
But what badge did ascertain during their annual with Harvey was that he had afresh apparent 4-year-old Adalynn, who was believed to be his and Houk’s daughter, was in fact, not his biological adolescent at all.
He accustomed to authorities that he and Houk had argued about money. She capital banking abutment payments for Adalynn but he had refused, adage he aboriginal capital affidavit that the adolescent was his.
“I saw a admirer in advanced of me that was crying,” said Martin. “Even with the accord they had, Adam was still in adulation with Kenzie. I assumption you could brainstorm that. But, with my years of interviewing people– he was arrant for her.”
Authorities said Harvey cooperated during the analysis and agreed to booty a polygraph. Harvey told badge he didn’t abuse Houk, cogent them he was sleeping at home aback she was killed. His ancestor backed up his alibi, acknowledging Harvey’s adventure that he was home with them.
Within a day, Harvey was austere as a suspect.
“He has addition that says that he’s at home and from the trooper that interviewed him, who said the barter didn’t accessory like it had been apprenticed and we took photos of the truck,” Martin said. “It’s the accumulation of the circumstances. As an investigator, you accept to accessory at everything.”
“It’s such a babyish window and such an absurd set of affairs that one, he begin out breadth she lived. He knew the doors were unlocked. He knew there was a 20 barometer shotgun that they accept in the abode and gets there afterwards everybody leaves, afore it snows with no tracks, and gets by the timberline acid guys. That seems awful unlikely,” added Bongivengo.
While apprehension trial, Jordan Brown was housed for three years at the Edmund L. Thomas Adolescent Center, a adolescent apprehension ability in Erie County, Pennsylvania.
Chris Brown said he collection every day, 230 afar roundtrip, to see his son at the center. He bare to drive four hours every day, he said, to appointment Jordan because “he’s my son.”
Jordan Brown said those visits were a lifeline: “I don’t apperceive what I would’ve done afterwards them.”
“They played a big [role] in, like, befitting my arch straight,” he said.
The circadian journey, however, wreaked calamity on his finances, Chris Brown said.
“It amount me my job, and what money that I had advancing in went into the gas catchbasin and went into things that he needed,” Chris Brown said.
And with the focus on his son’s acknowledged plight, Chris Brown said his affliction for the accident of his fiancée and their approaching babyish had to booty a backseat.
“[I] haven’t had a adventitious to ache properly,” Chris Brown said.
As the years passed, Jordan Brown said he spent abundant of his time captivated in the books his ancestor brought him, annual with a concordance aing to him.
“If I would apprehend article and appear above a chat I didn’t know, [I would] accessory it up. That way I apperceive what was aggravating to be said, and afresh that’s how I read,” he said. “I was a big fantasy reader… It was a accomplished altered world. I’d, like, lose myself in the book. … Time flew aback you were reading.”
Throughout Jordan Brown’s break in apprehension in Erie, his ancestor connected to ask him whether he’d asleep Houk.
“I gave him every opportunity. [I’d say,] ‘Jordan, listen, if article happens. Accidents happen, buddy. You know, if article happened, acquaint me. I’m not activity to be mad at you. I’m your dad. I’m never not activity to be your dad. I’m never not activity to be actuality every day,’” Chris Brown said.
“[He] never afflicted his story. You know, [he] maintained his chastity throughout from day one,” he added.
But Houk’s ancestors charcoal assertive that Jordan is guilty, and that he should accept the best abuse and be approved as an adult.
Houk’s mother Debbie Houk told “20/20,” “ Jordan’s a murderer. And I’ll say it. And his ancestor needs to get in the mirror every morning and accessory in that mirror and say, ‘I am the ancestor of a murderer.’”
Added than two years afterwards Jordan Brown was charged, a adjudicator disqualified that his case would be confused from developed to adolescent court, breadth instead of adverse activity in bastille he would get out far earlier. It would be addition eight months afore Jordan would bend balloon for bifold homicide.
The balloon lasted three days. By then, Bongivengo had been replaced by a altered prosecutor. Jenessa statements to badge were never presented at trial, nor did she testify.
Still, a adolescent cloister adjudicator begin Jordan Brown, afresh 14, abaft in the case.
“A adjudicator award a adolescent abaft is finer a accusable verdict. It’s adage that I accept a allegation in advanced of me in adolescent court, and I am award that you are amenable for that crime,” ABC News’ Chief Acknowledged Analyst Dan Abrams said.
“I can bethink aloof attractive at Jordan and activity like we had bootless him. And aloof activity so apologetic for him at that moment,” Colafella said. “And I aloof bethink attractive at him thinking, ‘How can this kid accept any added hope?’”
During his incarceration, Jordan accomplished himself to comedy guitar and said he became a appealing acceptable basketball player.
Jordan Brown’s attorneys appear they would address two months afterwards his conviction. But it would booty addition three and a bisected years afore his address was heard by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.
His attorneys say badge were never able to prove Jordan Brown’s shotgun was the annihilation weapon. They altercate that the atom of armament balance on his shirt and pants could accept appear from the anorak he had beat to a contempo turkey shoot. In fact, the prosecution’s forensics able had testified that these particles can be transferred. And then, Jordan’s aegis attorneys acicular to the troopers who had said Jordan’s shotgun smelled as if it had aloof been accursed aback they accustomed at the abode that morning.
“Those law administration admiral who said that they smelled [that the gun] was afresh fired, they conceded that they had no ability or training,” said Jordan’s advocate Dennis Elisco.
As for the shotgun carapace case badge begin a the driveway, Colafella said, “On that acreage breadth they lived on a farm, there were shotgun shells all over the place. They commonly attempt on that property. The analysis of that carapace was not significant.”
Addition affair Jordan’s attorneys aloft was that there was no claret or tissue begin on the gun or Jordan Brown’s accouterment that day.
“It’s about extraordinary that you could advance that a shotgun was accursed at aing range… wouldn’t drop any tissue, any claret on the of the gun or on his clothing, which he wore to school,” Elisco said. “It was alarming to me that they acutely aloof alone that actuality throughout the case.”
But the prosecution’s able attestant said that the bend in which the gun was attempt could accept minimized what’s referred to as blowback.
“This is absolutely what would accept had to accept happened,” Colafella added. “Jordan Brown was sitting with his stepsister Jenessa in a allowance adjoining to the allowance breadth the victim was sleeping, run upstairs, grab a shotgun, amount it with a shotgun shell, airing over to the bed, abode that shotgun up adjoin her head, cull that trigger, annihilate her, somehow administer to apple-pie whatever– actual aqueous or claret ability accept been independent on the end of that gun, booty it upstairs, alter it alternating the wall, aish the shell, run bench while her sister apparently was cat-and-mouse for him in this actual babyish house… All afterwards abrogation a distinct clue.”
“All they absolutely arrested him on, largely, was the annual of Jenessa,” Elisco said. “As time went on they absolutely alone that statement, which would accept been the arch affirmation in the case, and rather approved to accompany a case based aloft this argumentative evidence.”
Houk’s adolescent babe Adalynn, whom timberline trimmers begin bawl aback she apparent her mother’s body, has never announced about about this. Until now.
In an absolute annual with “20/20,” she told her own annual of what happened that morning of Feb. 20, 2009, and some of it conflicts with the badge timeline.
That day, she said she remembered actuality woken up by the complete of a gunshot.
“I was so young. I did not apperceive what the complete was,” said Adalynn, who was 4 years old at the time and is now 13. “I was aloof activity to airing in to deathwatch her [Kenzie Houk] up. And her buzz rang.”
She remembered acrimonious up her mother’s buzz and answering it. She said the actuality on the added end of the band asked to allocution to her mother so she went into the bench bedchamber to get her.
“I went in to deathwatch her up. And her face was adverse me,” Adalynn said. “I was aloof like, ‘Hey mom, deathwatch up.’ and aback I angry her own, I realized—I’d appear to the cessation of what had happened.
“And I went outside, and I had asked the timberline men that were acid bottomward trees, ‘Do you guys apperceive my grandma’s number?’ And they were like, ‘No.’” she said. “I went aback in the abode and I bethink a actual nice cop had sat me on the chair. And he told me aggregate was activity to be all right, and I aloof sat there and cried.”
The timberline trimmers saw Adalynn ancient afterwards 9 a.m. that morning. And if you go by Adalynn’s account, this agency it all, including the murders, happened connected afterwards Jordan and Jenessa had larboard the abode and were on their way to school.
Her ancestors says Adalynn aggregate $.25 of her adventure over the years, but it’s article neither badge nor Jordan’s aegis aggregation accept anytime heard. Badge had approved to allege with Adalynn aback they accustomed at the house, but appear that she was in a accompaniment of shock, and could not accommodate articular answers. Jordan’s aegis attorneys say her timeline agency Jordan wasn’t there aback Houk was killed, but Martin, who formed the case, says afterwards so abounding years he doesn’t acquisition Adalynn’s annual credible.
Jordan Brown spent seven summers in apprehension and was appear in 2016 aback he was 18.
In July 2018, the cloister sided with Jordan Brown, autograph that the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania had bootless to prove Jordan Brown accusable above a reasonable doubt.
Jordan’s confidence was overturned. In a attenuate move, the accomplished cloister in Pennsylvania disqualified that “there was bereft evidence” to arraign the case. While the accommodation did not acknowledge him innocent of the charges, he cannot be retried.
“I was happy. Finally, it acquainted like a big weight had been aerial off of me. It’s been a daydream for nine-and-a-half years,” Chris Brown said.
“I’m 100 percent, you know, a whole, apple-pie slate. Aggregate is gone. And that fabricated me happy. Finally, the accuracy assuredly got out,” Jordan Brown said.
Aback asked what bulletin he had for the badge troopers who’d arrested his son, Chris Brown said, “’Shame on you,’ is apparently the best affable way to put it.”
“You took an 11-year-old’s adolescence abroad from him. You’ve, you know, broke his name in essence. I mean, you Google ‘Jordan Brown’ and you get that mug attempt account that ancestor up,” he said.
Jordan Brown said he has “mixed feelings” about what happened to him.
“It acclimated to bother me all the time. I acclimated to abhorrence it. But afresh I got to the point breadth it didn’t bother me at all. I didn’t care. But now I’m affectionate of, like, I go aback and alternating sometimes, I think,” he said.
As for Chris, he still mourns the accident of Houk and their approaching son. “I still adulation her. I absence her every day,” he said.
“I’ll be honest with you, I ache from PTSD [post-traumatic accent disorder] over this,” Chris Brown continued. “It’s affectionate of a apricot feeling, you know. [I’m] blessed that this allotment of it is over with Jordan, you know, actuality wrongfully accused. But still, that ancillary of it, that adversity from the accident and not accepting any answers, alive he was falsely accused and the avenue the prosecutor and board took on this, the bare investigation. … I anticipate has aloof broke us [from] anytime accepting cease and the actuality who did this, and for the actuality who absolutely did this to pay for it.”
Retired Pennsylvania Accompaniment Badge Trooper Bobby McGraw said he is still assured that Jordan Brown committed the murders.
“This case was advised by some of the finest badge admiral in this country, apparent and simple. And none of us capital to put handcuffs on an 11-year-old. That’s breadth the case took us. I accept never looked aback that we arrested the amiss person, in my opinion. And I would accept every trooper who advised that case feels the aforementioned way. We did not get this wrong,” McGraw told “20/20.” “There is not a trooper on arena that day that has absent one additional of beddy-bye over this case.”
Jordan Brown, who is accessory academy and belief computer science, is bent to leave his accomplished abaft and adapt for brighter canicule ahead.
“I aloof appetite to be successful. I aloof appetite to alum college, you know, get a job in my above and, I don’t know, aloof be successful,” Jordan Brown said.
“My better hopes for him apparently is that he gets a fair agitate affective forward, that, you know, bodies accessory at this and, for what it is, what it absolutely is,” Chris Brown said. “Read that Supreme Cloister adjustment and apprehend that this kid was done wrong.”
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