Ballistics expert: Leon Houston's bullet found in victim

Ballistics expert: Leon Houston's bullet found in victim

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TBI ballistics expert Daniel Royse said a bullet from Leon Houston's gun was found in Mike Brown's shoulder. TBI ballistics expert Daniel Royse said a bullet from Leon Houston's gun was found in Mike Brown's shoulder.

By ANN KEIL
6 News Reporter

KINGSTON (WATE) -- A Tennessee Bureau of Investigation ballistics expert told the jury one of Leon Houston's bullets was found in the civilian gunned down with a Roane County deputy in 2006.

Leon and his brother, Rocky Houston, are charged with first degree murder in the fatal  shootings of Deputy Bill Jones and his ride-along friend Mike Brown. 

TBI expert Daniel Royse described a "secured crime scene" when he arrived. He said he'd been worried because it rained all the way from Nashville.

He said his team took 751 photos at the scene and their processing took more than 24 hours.

Royse went back to the scene a year later to remove bullets from a tree. He said tests showed Rocky's Egyptian-made Maadi semi-automatic rifle fired all the fatal shots.

The jury was shown photos of Deputy Jones' bloody cruiser as Royse explained the trajectories of the gunshots.

Royse said he couldn't determine how far Rocky's rifle was from the cruiser at times.

He said Leon was behind a large bush shooting toward the cruiser at some point and a bullet from Leon's gun was found in Mike Brown's shoulder. 

After the court took a lunch break, Royse returned to the stand and testified about finding a piece of Mike Brown's jaw about 100 feet from the cruiser.

He also said he couldn't determine when the cruiser was first hit by gunfire. Three rifles and a shotgun were found in the cruiser's trunk.

Royse said the cruiser's emergency brake was on and a bullet hit its fuel line.

On cross examination, Royse told defense attorney Jim Logan the cruiser's driver's side window was down during the shootout.

He agreed with Logan that only one bullet from Leon's gun hit the victims.

Royse also told Logan that a crack pipe was found under the seat of Deputy Jones' cruiser. He said it may have been confiscated from a suspect.

Royse finished his testimony on Monday. During Leon's original trial, he was on the stand for four days.


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