big week, quiet days

Last week things were thankfully quiet enough for me to devote days on end to my landscaping and rock work. The time slipped away from me like small change in a big city.

Yesterday I spent most of the day planting some ground cover–creeping juniper, sedums, parsley, and candytuft–in the garden between the house and the future kitchen. I also began creating a rock footbridge over one of the new spillways. I hope to finish it today if the phone remains quiet.

The judge is scheduled to rule later this week on whether Jordan Brown will be tried as a child or an adult, so at some point I know my gardening and stonework will have to wait when events demand.

In the meantime, however, I’ll remain absorbed in the peaceful task of assembling my jigsaw puzzle of stone.


The phone just rang, and I guess it will not be a quiet week. Lawrence County PA Judge Dominick Motto has just handed down a ruling that Jordan will be tried as an adult. This is simply unbelievable. I’m still trying to get my head around it.


14 Responses to “big week, quiet days”

  1. 1 gloria
    March 29, 2010 at 7:50 pm

    this is really sad, I hope you all can save this child, it seems to me like they are going to do everything is in their power to destroy this kids life no matter he’s innocent. when I read the postscript it was like you had give me a huge punch to my stomach, almost puke(sorry if that sounded rude, but that’s what I felt). tRying a child as an adult, OMG!!!!!!!! never really heard something so stupid. You know that motto that says AGAINST CRIME TOLERANCE ZERO. there should be one who says AGAINST STUPID PEOPLE TOLERANCE ZERO.

  2. 2 Adam
    March 30, 2010 at 6:07 am

    Evidence shows that he killed two people in cold blood as one slept and the other slept in her womb… What if he was 30… Murder is murder

  3. 3 gloria
    March 30, 2010 at 9:50 am

    Evidence shows that he didn’t kill two people in cold blood. Anyway that would be seen in court. In my personal opinion to trie a child as an adult is a cowardly act.

  4. 5 gloria
    March 30, 2010 at 7:54 pm

    I agree with you Adam, but your anger should be directed to the real killer not to an innocent child.
    Law is there to provide justice not to act cowardly or with vengance.

  5. 6 Adam
    March 30, 2010 at 8:14 pm

    I want the guilty to be charged… My gut says he is… He had gun powder residue on him and his clothes… It snowed that morning and three sets of prints came from the house… The three children… Two sets going to the bus and one going to the tree trimmers… The spent shell was found along the driveway… Whoever did this was in the house before it snowed…

    • March 30, 2010 at 8:29 pm

      Adam, I want the guilty person charged, too, but he has not been charged. You are reaching a conclusion from only some of the facts, and you are unaware of others–for example, that more tracks were observed than those you describe. Also, there was no way near enough gunshot residue on Jordan’s clothing for him to have shot a shotgun. No residue was found on Jordan himself.

      You must ask yourself the question why, if the crime happened as the police say, is so much forensic evidence not present which should be there? The state’s theory is bogus and its evidence supports this conclusion.

  6. 8 Adam
    March 30, 2010 at 8:40 pm

    Dan we disagree… It’s that simple… I don’t believe life without parole is fair but 9 years is way to short… That’s why I believe he’s being held in adult court… I knew Jordan… Not well but I had dinner with him, Chris, Kenzie, and the whole family… He was a dark and unresponsive person that night… No one will change my mind but the almighty Himself

    • March 30, 2010 at 9:26 pm

      Did you think Jordan was “dark and unresponsive” at the time of the dinner, or is this a retrospective view? I have met a lot of ten-to-twelve-year-olds I would describe that way.

      If you have been reading Diary entries here other than those about the continuing tragedy in your community, you would know it is my belief that the Almighty is present within each of us. So you see, Adam, I do think you have it in you to change.


  7. 10 Adam
    March 30, 2010 at 10:52 pm

    That night he was dark… Unresponsive to the family and to the waitress when asking what he wanted to drink… That night it was noticed… 7 days before the murder…

    • March 31, 2010 at 12:53 pm

      Well Adam, I’ve got to tell you the alarm on my bullshit meter is sounding again.

      If this is the same dinner I know about, there were eighteen people there, Jordan didn’t know anyone there but the Houks, and he had just been told that no, he couldn’t leave the table because you all were at a bar and Jordan’s dad didn’t think it a proper place for kids to run wild. Anyway, Jordan was sitting with his family at the end of the table–how close were you to him? Could you overhear any of their conversation?

      You’re the guy who told me that whopper about Kenzie’s face needing postmortem reconstruction. I spent a whole day running that one down before I learned it was not true. So I don’t think I can believe you on this one, either.

      At most, it helps explain how your family is spinning insignificant normal 11-year-old behavior into signs that “should have been noticed.”

      • 12 Adam
        March 31, 2010 at 3:46 pm

        Dan that is the dinner that you know of and I was sitting about 2 feet from Jordan… They had four tables pushed together and Jordan and I sat right next to each other… And he knew everyone there except maybe one or two people… My grandmother watched him several times with my two younger cousins… All were present at that dinner… Any question I tried asking was met with the same empty look that he had with everyone else…

  8. 13 Rob
    March 31, 2010 at 1:22 am

    I personally have dealt with the judge serving this case, and can say he is not someone who takes the time to see the whole picture. And in doing this, he is unable to stay fair and impartial. The judge served over a custody case where as the father was an active military serviceman fighting for custody. The mother was a young woman not yet ready to be a mother and was making many mistakes. When the case started, the judge told the serviceman to drive 500 miles one way, every other weekend to pick up his son for a 48 hour visit. The serviceman did as ordered by the court, causing financial difficulties, wear and tear on his vehicle to the point of the car engine going to its end. A psych evaluation was done on both parties. It wasn’t until the day of court, when the mother conceded and gave custody. Even at this point, the judge did not give full custody to the father. Its been a decade since this case, and the mother has not made physical custody since the child was picked up. In conclusion, this judge, doesn’t serve as a complete fair and impartial judge. He serves as most politicians do, as a puppet to the powers to be. Jordan is a child, as such, if he did commit such an act, how did he have time to do the crime, change his close, remove any possible blood splatter and GSR, all before getting on the bus. I have children, Jordan’s age, one younger and one older, and as smart as they may be, I don’t see them being able to pull such an act off without a bus driver, a teacher, fellow students or anyone else who seen him prior to the police noticing. The local and state has messed this up and are reaching for straws to persuade him to plead anything but innocent. The evidence points every where but this young man. My families hopes and prayers go out to him and his family.

  9. 14 Jeanne
    April 15, 2010 at 3:39 am

    Those are some great points Rob. I just noticed them. They really make so much sense. This is really so very strange.

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