Sep
09
With Conviction Overturned, Jordan Brown’s Family, Attorneys Want Murder Case Reopened


CENTER IN DOWNTOWN PITTSBURGH, THIS IS KDKA TV NEWS AT 5. STILL FULL OF SORROW KNOWING WE WON’T HAVE CLOSURE. HE WAS A BOY WHEN HE WAS CONVICTED OF KILLING HIS FATHER’S PREGNANT GIRLFRIEND. NOW JORDAN BROWN IS A MAN AND A FREE ONE. HIS FATHER SAYS NEWS OF THE OVERTURNED CONVICTION IS BITTERSWEET. CHRIS BROWN SPOKE FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE HIS SON JORDAN’S CONVICTION WAS OVERTURNED. THE FAMILY IS HAPPY TO PUT THIS CHAPTER BEHIND THEM BUT THERE’S STILL DEEP SADNESS FOR THE LOSS THEY SUFFERED. BITTERSWEET IS THE OPERATIVE WORD. THAT IS WHAT CHRIS BROWN SAYS. FOR NINE YEARS HE STOOD BY HIS SONS CLAIM OF INNOCENCE AND NOW THE STATE SUPREME COURT HAS EXONERATED HIS SON. THE JOY OF THAT NEWS WILL NOT BRING BACK HIS FIANCIE AND THEIR UNBORN CHILD. CHRIS BROWN SAYS THERE’S A KILLER STILL AT LARGE. AT THE FIRST PRESS CONFERENCE SINCE HIS CONVICTIONS WAS UNANIMOUSLY OVERTURNED BY THE STATE SUPREME COURT, HIS LAWYERS TOLD HIM NOT TO ANSWER QUESTIONS BUT JORDAN BROWN MADE A SLIGHT CORRECTION ABOUT HIS COLLEGE MAJOR. HE WILL BE A SOPHOMORE STARTING BACK UP AT THE END OF AUGUST. IT’S INFORMATION BUSINESS. THAT WAS IT FROM BROWN. HE LET HIS LAWYERS AND HIS FATHER DO ALL THE TALKING. WE BELIEVE THERE WAS A RUSH TO JUDGMENT AND WE ALSO BELIEVE HE WAS THE CASUALTY OF A SYSTEM THAT BROKE DOWN. THE 11-YEAR-OLD WAS CHARGED WITH KILLING HIS FATHER’S FIANCI AND HER UNBORN CHILD BASED ON EVIDENCE THAT THE SUPREME COURT CALLED INSUFFICIENT AS A MATTER OF LAW TO OVERCOME THE CHILD’S PRESUMPTION OF INNOCENCE. IT’S BEEN A LONG ROAD. AS FAR AS GETTING NEWS OF THE EXONERATION, IT WAS BITTERSWEET. OVERWHELMED WITH JOY BUT STILL FULL OF SORROW KNOWING THAT WE WON’T HAVE CLOSURE. THAT’S BECAUSE THE KILLER OF CHRIS BROWN’S FIANCI IS STILL OUT THERE. THERE ARE PEOPLE INVOLVED IN THIS CASE THAT ARE SWORN TO INVESTIGATE. I WOULD HOPE THEY WOULD DO THAT AND REOPEN THE CASE AND PURSUE THE ACTUAL MURDERER WHO HAS NOT BEEN WALKING THE STREETS FOR NINE YEARS. STATE POLICE THAT THE ORIGINAL INVESTIGATION BUT NO WORD YET ON WHETHER THE COLD CASE WILL BE REOPEN. AS FOR JORDAN’S FUTURE — HE WILL BE A PRODUCTIVE MEMBER OF SOCIETY AND DO GREAT THINGS. I DID HAVE THE CHANCE TO MEET PRIVATELY WITH JORDAN BROWN. HE’S A QUIET, UNASSUMING YOUNG MAN WITH COLLEGE FRIENDS AND LOOKING FORWARD TO GETTING BACK TO SCHOOL. HE’S BEEN THROUGH A LOT. ESSENTIALLY GROWING UP IN A JUVENILE DETENTION CENTER. NEW AT 6 HIS FATHER SPEAKS OUT ON A JUVENILE SYSTEM AND COURT