GREENEVILLE, Tenn. (WJHL) – A 16-year-old boy charged with kill his little brother and grandma with a hammer in April will be tried as adults, according to an Oct. 11 Greene County Juvenile Court order.
Documents identify the first-degree homicide suspect as Jordan Allen, who police say killed 7-year-old Jessie Allen and 59-year-old Sherry Cole. New documents detail testimony that the 16-year-old didn’t like his brother and ‘didn’t like playing with him’.
Jessie was a first year student at Fall Branch Elementary School.
Original reports from the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation revealed that authorities responded to a home on April 24 in the 7100 block of Old Snapps Ferry Road in Chuckey just before midnight and found the bodies of Jessie and Cole near bloody tools. Investigators in May described their deaths as “premeditated and intentional”.
“The actions of the minor defendant are particularly shocking and particularly heinous in view of the fact that the minor defendant committed these acts with a hammer,” the court order reads. “Both victims were smaller and weaker than the minor accused.”
A two-day hearing on September 29 and October 7 included testimony from eight witnesses, as well as 21 exhibits.
Testimony during that hearing revealed that DCS assigned a youth village worker to Allen’s home to work “with the young defendant on de-escalation techniques, coping skills and developing a plan.” security for the family” from September to December 2021. This came after the juvenile suspect allegedly left his grandparents’ house “four times and without supervision”. Following the sessions, the DCS worker would have closed the file on March 31, 2022.
“DCS and the Youth Villages appear to have provided the necessary services to the young accused and his family, however, the treatment was not effective given that within 30 days of the DCS case being closed, the young defendant allegedly killed his grandmother and younger brother,” the court order reads.
Allen would not be committed to an institution for people with developmental disabilities or mental illness.
The document provided a history of Allen, who was allegedly dropped off by a relative to spend a few days with his grandparents and was never recovered. This would have taken place three or four years ago.
The court order states that neither of Allen’s parents were involved with him at the time of the offense.
District Attorney General Dan Armstrong of the 3rd Judicial District filed motions to try Allen as an adult in April. Armstrong told News Channel 11 in an earlier interview that the only sentence to be ruled out for the juvenile suspect is the death penalty; however, prosecutors will have the option of seeking life without parole.
“I am pleased with the judge’s decision to transfer the young defendant to stand trial as an adult,” Armstrong told News Channel 11 on Tuesday. “As the case progresses in criminal court, we will make decisions regarding the requested sentence at the appropriate time.”
Allen’s bail, when transferring the case from juvenile court to criminal court, is set at $800,000. The young suspect has been held at the Sevier County Juvenile Detention Center since April. The State of Tennessee, Allen’s legal counsel and the judge will discuss the possibility of transferring him to an adult detention center “separate and distant from adult inmates”. Officials aim to have that decision made by Monday.
Allen’s arraignment is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. Nov. 30 in Greene County Criminal Circuit Court.