CRIME

Teen Convicted Of Murder At 11 Seeks New Trial

FILE - In this undated file photo provided by the Lawrence County Prison, Jordan Anthony Brown, an 11-year-old charged for th
FILE - In this undated file photo provided by the Lawrence County Prison, Jordan Anthony Brown, an 11-year-old charged for the murder of Kenzie Marie Houk in Wampum, Pa., is shown in New Castle, Pa. A judge says the western Pennsylvania boy who was 11 when he allegedly killed his father's pregnant fiancee with a shotgun will be tried as an adult for murder. Jordan Brown is charged with killing 26-year-old Kenzie Marie Houk in their western Pennsylvania farmhouse last February. Houk's fetus also died. Lawrence County Judge Dominick Motto on Monday, March 29, 2010 ordered the now 12-year-old boy to be tried as an adult. (AP Photo/Lawrence County Prison via Beaver County Times, File)

By Elizabeth Daley

PITTSBURGH, March 5 (Reuters) - Attorneys for a Pennsylvania boy convicted of murdering his father's pregnant girlfriend when he was 11 years old asked a judge on Thursday to grant him a new trial or set him free.

The conviction of Jordan Brown, now 17, was vacated in 2013 but he remains in juvenile detention while his case is in court proceedings, said his attorney Stephen Colafella.

Brown was found guilty as a juvenile of the February 2009 murder of Kenzie Houk, 26, in Wampum, Pennsylvania, north of Pittsburgh.

Prosecutors said at trial that the boy was motivated by jealousy of the girlfriend's relationship with his father, Colafella said. Prosecutors could not be reached for comment on Thursday.

But Colafella said his client was innocent, based upon forensic evidence and time constraints, and said the likely suspect was an ex-lover of the girlfriend.

The state of Pennsylvania appealed the vacated judgment, and the case was sent back to the Lawrence County Court of Common Pleas, where it is pending, said the attorney.

The attorney asked Judge John Hodge to grant Brown a new trial or set him free. He said a decision by the judge would not be handed down until the defense and prosecutors filed various legal briefs in the case.

Brown has been in juvenile detention since his arrest in 2009.

The attorney said the boy is taking Advanced Placement classes and due to his good behavior is permitted regular home visits with his father, who supports his case. (Editing by Ellen Wulfhorst and Sandra Maler)