Jury seated for Leon Houston retrial

Jury seated for Leon Houston retrial

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Prosecutor Ken Irvine in court Tuesday Prosecutor Ken Irvine in court Tuesday
A private investigator for the Houston family, Kenny Coleman (center) talks with Leon Houston and his attorney, Jim Logan (right). A private investigator for the Houston family, Kenny Coleman (center) talks with Leon Houston and his attorney, Jim Logan (right).

By ANN KEIL
6 News Reporter

KINGSTON (WATE) -- A jury of six men and six women, along with three alternates, was chosen Tuesday for the retrial of Leon Houston.

He and his brother, Rocky Houston, are charged in the fatal 2006 shootings of a Roane County deputy and his ride-along friend.

Two women and one man are the alternates on the jury. Opening arguments will be given Thursday at 9:00 a.m.

Leon dropped his request Tuesday for the jury to be sequestered in his retrial. However, special Judge David Hayes said he hasn't ruled out court on Saturdays.

The jurors were part of a new panel chosen on day two of the retrial selection process.

At the start of the day, there were 80 members of the jury pool. However, several were excused because they know too much about the case due to all the publicity.

Tuesday afternoon, a man whose wife was a crime victim and a mother of three young children were excused. 

Defense attorney Jim Logan asked jury pool members if Leon deciding not to testify would affect their judgement, especially since his testimony could affect his brother's case.

A private investigator for the Houston family, Kenny Coleman, joined the defense team Tuesday afternoon.

Before jury selection started Monday, the judge allowed Leon to reappoint his former attorney, Jim Logan.

The brothers fired their attorneys in July, delaying their retrials.

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