Houston bros. representing themselves, retrial delayed

Houston bros. representing themselves, retrial delayed

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"He is a liar, Randy Rogers, and I have to separate myself from my enemy," Rocky Houston says. "He is a liar, Randy Rogers, and I have to separate myself from my enemy," Rocky Houston says.

By JILL MCNEAL
6 News Anchor/Reporter

KINGSTON (WATE) -- Leon and Rocky Houston, charged in the fatal shootings of a Roane County Deputy and his friend in 2006, have dropped their attorneys and will represent themselves in their retrials.

Leon's retrial was supposed to start August 10, but prosecutor Ken Irvine asked for a new date of November 2 due to health problems.

Potential jurors in Leon's retrial will begin arriving at the Roane County Courthouse Friday morning, to be questioned about their competence by Judge David Hayes.

Rocky's attorney, Randy Rogers, asked to withdraw from the case. Permission was granted by the judge and his own client.

"He's accused me of being a liar, a thief and a coward. I am none of those things and certainly not a coward. I cannot accurately represent this man," Rogers said.

Afterward, Rocky said, "He is a liar, Randy Rogers, and I have to separate myself from my enemy."

Leon was granted permission to drop his attorney, Jim Logan.

The brothers say their lawyers haven't been communicating with them and may need to be called as witnesses in their trials.

"I think you've both made a tragic decision, but it's your decision," said Judge Hayes. 

The Houstons say they'll be looking for new attorneys, but will represent themselves at their next hearing on August 7 to go over their monitoring and bail.

Their current bond conditions include being held on house arrest. They're also required to wear electronic monitoring devices at their expense and they're not allowed to have firearms at their homes.

The Houstons say they can't and won't continue to pay the $400 a month for their electronic monitoring devices.

The tracking company says it will shut off the service at the end of month.

The prosecutor says Rocky has continuously violated his house arrest and wants him back in jail.

Leon's first trial ended in a hung jury in July 2008.

Rocky's first trial in December 2008 concluded with no verdict in Deputy Bill Jones' death, but a not guilty finding in the killing of Mike Brown, the civilian riding with him.

The Houston brothers were released on bonds in March after nearly three years in jail.

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