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Kenzie Houk Shot in Cold Blood By 11-Year-Old Jordan Brown, Say Prosecutors

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NEW CASTLE, Pa. (CBS/AP) Kenzie Houk was eight months pregnant when she was found in her bed with a bullet though her head. Her fetus died with her.

But the suspect in the 26-year-old's murder last February may not be who you expect.

Photo: Kenzie Marie Houk with her daughter Adalynn.

PICTURES: Kenzie Houk Murdered

Jordan Brown was only 11 years old when Pennsylvania prosecutors say he shot Houk, his father's fiancée.

Now a court will decide if Brown, at 12-years-old, will become one of the country's youngest murder defendants to be tried as an adult. The next hearing is March 12.

If Brown is tried and convicted as an adult, he faces life in prison. If convicted in juvenile court, he can only remain in detention until he is 21.

Photo: Jordan Brown.

PICTURES: Kenzie Houk Murdered

A defense psychologist testified Friday that an adolescent's brain does not control impulses in a "mature way."

Lawrence County Judge Dominick Motto continued the rest of the hearing to allow the prosecution's psychologist to examine Brown. That doctor will testify when the hearing resumes.

To her friends, Houk was a "warm-hearted" woman, whose life is "sadly missed" and was "taken too soon."

Brown's family is standing behind him. According to CNN, they want the case tried in juvenile court and believe the "all-American boy" who loves to hunt with his father Chris Brown and play football, is innocent.


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