The Pennsylvania Superior Court will hear arguments March 28 over whether a Lawrence County boy charged with killing his father's pregnant fiancee should be released from detention while the same court decides whether to allow his juvenile trial to be open to the public.
Attorneys for Jordan Brown, who is now 14 and has been in the Edmund L. Thomas Adolescent Detention Center in Erie for three years, say he should be immediately released because he has been detained too long without a juvenile trial.
Jordan's delinquency hearing had been scheduled in September but was delayed by appeals filed by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review and the New Castle News to open the proceeding.
A three-judge panel heard arguments on behalf of the newspapers last month but has no timeline to make its decision.
A Lawrence County judge in October denied Jordan's release, which prompted his attorneys to appeal, the petition says.
Jordan was 11 when he was charged as an adult in the February 2009 killing of Kenzie Houk, 26, who was pregnant, in her New Beaver farmhouse.
A judge decided his case should be handled in juvenile court, which would keep it out of public view unless the Superior Court grants the newspapers' appeals.
Sadie Gurman: firstname.lastname@example.org or 412-263-1878.