State prosecutors have 30 days to decide whether they will ask the Pennsylvania Supreme Court to examine the case of a Lawrence County teenager found responsible for the 2009 shooting death of his father's pregnant fiancee.
Pennsylvania Superior Court on Monday denied state attorneys' request to rehear the Jordan Brown case, a spokesman for the attorney general's office said.
By law, prosecutors now have a month to request a review from the state's highest court.
In April 2012, Jordan was adjudicated delinquent, the equivalent of a guilty verdict, in the homicides of Kenzie Houk, 26, and her unborn child and placed in a secure juvenile facility.
Citing unsupported evidence, the Superior Court overturned that verdict in May this year, remanding the case back to Lawrence County juvenile court.
The story attracted widespread attention and interest from juvenile justice advocates because Jordan was first charged as a adult.
He was only 11 years old when prosecutors said he shot Ms. Houk in the back of the head while she slept in their New Beaver farmhouse and discarded the spent shell in the yard before boarding a bus to school.
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