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11-Year-Old Shoots Dad’s Pregnant Fiancee; Should Be Charged As An Adult

February 24, 2009

3_21_022109_brown_350Alright, so I just heard about this story and figured I’d give  my input.  This story comes out of Wampum, Pennsylvania: 11-year-old Jordan Anthony Brown (pictured on the left; photo courtesy of the Lawrence County Prison) shot and killed his dad’s pregnant fiancee at point blank range, and is now being charged as an adult.  Brown allegedly shot the woman with his 20-gauge shotgun in the back of the head.  He had wrapped the shotgun in a sheet to muffle the sound.

But apparently, his lawyer isn’t happy with this and wants him to be tried in juvenile court.  Brown is currently being held in the Lawrence County Prison in Pennsylvania.

On Saturday, Lawrence County District Attorney John Bongivengo charged Brown, as an adult, in the murder of 26-year-old Kenzie Marie Houk. Houk was 6 months pregnant.  Bongivengo said that he has to be charged as an adult because Pennsylvania law doesn’t allow for criminal homicide charges to be filed  against Brown in juvenile court.

Brown originally lied to police about seeing a suspicious vehicle on the property, but later, police realized that he was lying after finding multiple inconsistencies in his story.  The victims 7-year-old daughter ultimately implicated Brown in the murder.  Bongivengo told reporters, “She didn’t actually eyewitness the shooting.  She saw him with what she believed to be a shotgun and heard a loud bang.  [The gun was found in the] location we believe to be in the defendant’s bedroom.”

Jack Houk, the victim’s father, told reporters, “An 11-year-old kid — what would give him the motive to shoot someone?  Maybe he was just jealous of my daughter and the baby and thought he would be overpowered.”

Brown’s attorney, David Elisco met with Brown, after which he told reporters, “I don’t think he knows what’s going on.  I walked out of there thinking he was innocent.  I believe Jordan did not do this and I’m looking forward to seeing the physical evidence to see if it matches with what I think happened.”  Elisco also met with Christopher Brown, the boy’s father.  He characterized Christopher as being “in a state of actual shock and disbelief.”  When asked if the boy disliked Houk, Elisco answered, “This is a tragic, extremely tragic situation, and it’s way too early to have any substantive comment.”

Apparently jealousy was the motive.  According to the victim’s brother-in-law, Jason Kraner, “He [Jordan Brown] actually told my son that he wanted to do that to her.  There was an issue with jealousy.”  Elisco responded to that claim, saying, “I think it’s all bull shit–there’s no animosity.”

Elisco wants Brown moved out of the county jail.  He told reporters, “I don’t think anybody wants him there. … I want him to be occupied and busy and back, essentially, in school. … I wouldn’t say he’s in good spirits.  He’s confused.  He looks and acts like a typical 11-year-old.”

He acts like a typical boy?  Are you crazy?  He shot a woman at point blank range!

Lawrence County Warden Charles Adamo also wants Brown moved out of his prison.  He says that his facility just can’t accommodate an 11-year-old boy.  Apparently they have to keep him ultra-isolated from any adult inmates, so he can’t even have visitors, since it’d mean that he’d have to be around other adults.  It’s also difficult to coordinate showers, since he has to shower alone, meaning that a whole cell block of 63 inmates must be locked down.  According to Elisco, they don’t even have clothes that fit him: “They put a shirt on him; he’s swimming in it, and his pants are cuffed up about 10 times.”  I find that a little hard to believe – they don’t have small clothes at all?  What happens if they arrest a dwarf or midget?  I feel like they must have clothes somewhere that would fit him.

Personally, I don’t care if he’s in an adult prison or not, as long as he is CHARGED as an adult.  This kid knew what he was dong.  It was premeditated (the sheet wrapped around the gun).  We have a girl who saw everything but the actual shooting (anybody can put 2 and 2 together.  Boy with shotgun + big bang + dead woman = boy killed the woman).

This freak of a kid needs to be charged with double homicide and needs to spend the rest of his life in jail.

Done Ranting,

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John and Revé Walsh Hold a Press Conference on the Solving of Adam Walsh’s Murder by Ottis Toole

December 16, 2008

Today, the Hollywood, Florida Police Department announced that the case of Adam Walsh’s murder had been solved and that Ottis Toole, a long-time suspect was indeed the killer.  This decision was made by Police Chief Chad Wagner, the Hollywood Police Department, the Broward County District Attorney’s office, and the Walsh family.

After Adam was murdered, John and Revé Walsh, Adam’s parents, became advocates for missing children and founded the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.  The Walshs also helped in getting the Missing Children Act of 1982, Missing Children’s Assistance Act of 1984, and Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act of 2006 passed.

Here’s 3 clips of today’s press conference (all courtesy of MSNBC).  The first is Chief Wager’s statement:

And here is Revé’s statement to the press:

And lastly, here is John’s statement at the press conference:

Well, I am happy that this case has  finally been solved.  I’ve always watched America’s Most Wanted, and I have a lot of respect of the Walsh family and what they do.  I am glad that justice was finally served for little Adam.  My thoughts and prayers are with all the other families who have gone through what the Walsh family has gone through these past 27 years.

Done Reporting,

Ranting Republican

The Jena 6 – Yes, Unfortunately America Is Still Racist

September 13, 2007

Well, I just stumbled upon a story about the “Jena 6” – apparently six black students from Jena, Louisiana were charged with attempted murder after beating up a white kid – who was knocked unconscious, but not hospitalized.

COME ON!  Attempted murder!  But I’ll hold off so I can give those of you who haven’t heard about this (which I’m thinking could be a lot of you – I hadn’t heard about it, but perhaps I just missed this one up until now).

The problems in Jena started when 3 black students asked the Jena (I believe school board – I’ve seen different stories) if they could sit under the “White kid’s tree” (it was some unofficial rule) – come on – a white kid’s tree – are we still in this sad of a state that we can’t even share a freaking TREE!

Anyway, the next morning, 3 nooses were hung under the tree – well – that didn’t go over too well.  And here’s where I’m going to criticize the African Americans down there for a little bit.  You gotta let things like this go – take the high road.  Go to college and show the dumb white kids that you’re better than them!  But instead of taking the high road, fights broke out.

Eventually, 6 kids got in a fight with a white kid (I don’t know if it was 6 on 1 – that doesn’t matter).

So the six were charged with 2nd Degree Attempted Murder – for knocking a kid out!  (Unfortunately, I couldn’t get this scum of a DA’s name – and as you know, I always like to name people who I think are pure scum – so if anybody does have it, comment, so that I can add him as a tag – that way when people Google him – they’ll see what racist scum he truly is.)

The charge for the 1st kid, Mychal Bell, was reduced to aggravated second-degree battery (which requires a weapon – but there’s no evidence of this – so the DA is still a racist pig).

Now – all of this is NOT to say that the 6 are innocent – they should be prosecuted, as should anybody who fought down there – but charge them sensibly.

I pray, that one day, we’ll achieve Dr. Martin Luther King’s dream, but this day is still a long way off.

Done Ranting,

Ranting Republican

Duke Lacrosse Players File Lawsuit

September 7, 2007

OK, well, I think by my disclaimer you all know that I really don’t like lawsuits – BUT THIS IS AN EXCEPTION!  They’re suing for a total of $30 million (yeah, a little high for my liking, but it’ll go down in a settlment bargain) – because their lives were RUINED for a long period of time!

And, while I’m thinking about this – notice the media contrast between this and the Imus thing – one of the Rutgers women said she was “scarred for life” – for being called a “nappy headed ho” – come on!  That doesn’t scar you for life (although I absolutely DON’T condone what Imus did – what he did was wrong too).

But we have this case – nowhere is there talk about how truly RUINED these guys’ lives were ruined – for over a year they were accused, and that will have life-long ramifications.

Now, I think that the Duke Lacrosse and other sports teams need to crack down on the partying and drinking to avoid future situations, so the players and the University is somewhat to blame.

But the major culprits are Nifong – who served his 1 day of 30 possible for contempt.

But what about the attention whore who accused the players?  SHE WAISTED TIME AND MONEY OF THE CITIZENS OF NORTH CAROLINA FOR THE STATE TO PURSUE THIS CASE!  She should have to pay as much of the lawsuit as she can – and should go to jail for quite a while – SHE RUINED THEIR LIVES!

Scum who can do that should have to pay!  And Nifong should have to pay more too – he was out on a witchhunt!  He waisted taxpayers’ dollars as well – so HE should pay some of the lawsuit as well.

I hope that the lives of the player can return to normal, but more importantly, I hope that this can teach college students the dangers of drinking and partying – just DON’T DO IT – you’ll be better off.

Done Ranting,

Ranting Republican

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