February 21, 2009 11-year-old Jordan Brown is charged as an adult with two counts of criminal homicide, a charge which carries a mandatory sentence of life without the possibility of parole.
March 24, 2009 A preliminary hearing was held in which the prosecution failed to produce credible evidence linking Jordan to the crime; Lawrence County district attorney Bongivengo said he only had to show that a crime had been committed and that Jordan could have committed it.
May 6, 2009 Jordan pleaded Not Guilty at a formal arraignment hearing before the Lawrence County Common Pleas Court, Judge Dominick Motto presiding.
August 26, 2009 Arguing that the state has failed to produce sufficient evidence to support the charges against Jordan, his attorneys filed a writ of habeas corpus requesting Jordan’s release. They also requested that information illegally gathered by police be suppressed. The judge denied both motions.