Medical examiner details victims' wounds in Leon Houston retrial

Medical examiner details victims' wounds in Leon Houston retrial

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Dr. Mileusnic-Polchan said Deputy Jones' injuries prove he was sitting. She also found car parts in his body. He had a total of 19 gunshot wounds. Dr. Mileusnic-Polchan said Deputy Jones' injuries prove he was sitting. She also found car parts in his body. He had a total of 19 gunshot wounds.

By ANN KEIL
6 News Reporter

KINGSTON (WATE) -- The defense called witnesses Tuesday afternoon in the retrial of Leon Houston. Judge David Hayes said testimony will be finished by Wednesday afternoon and closing arguments will be given.

The jury is expected to get the case Wednesday.

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 in 2006.

Houston's friend: deputy fired first

The first witness the defense called to the stand was Tobey Yates. He was at Leon's house on the night of the shootout.

Yates told defense attorney Jim Logan, "They (Jones and Brown) slowed down, then the shooting started." Logan asked, "Who shot first?" Yates said, "The shooting was coming from the car."

"It seems like right off the bat, they started shooting," Yates said, referring to Jones and Brown.

When Rocky allegedly said, "This is it" or "I'm hit" Yates said he sounded like he was in pain.

Yates said although he's friends with Leon, he's telling the truth on the stand. He said he never saw Leon with a .45 pistol.

Another friend: fled without seeing shots

The next defense witness was Stacy Boatright, another friend of Leon's who was at the house the night of the shooting. He said he ran into other people as he fled when the shots were fired.

He said he was uncertain of the time when the shooting happened and didn't see any shots fired. He thought he heard six or seven.

Boatright said, "Rocky and Leon would give you the shirts off their backs."

Friend never heard Leon threaten officers

Teddy Argue, a friend and neighbor of the Houstons, testified that he never heard Leon make any threats against officers.

Sister ate with brothers morning of shootout

Leon's sister, Debbie Cofer, told the jury she had breakfast with Rocky and Leon that morning. She was caring for their father then, who was ill.

Leon wanted his attorney to ask his sister something on the stand, but Logan refused. He said he may call Cofer back to the stand later.

State rests its case after medical examiner

The state rested its case after medical examiner Dr. Darinka Mileusnic-Polchan detailed the victims' wounds.

Dr. Mileusnic-Polchan did the autopsies on Jones and Brown. She said she found no drugs in Jones' system and a trace of an antidepressant in Brown's body.

Wounds to Deputy Jones

She used a dummy head to describe Jones injuries, saying of one, "This wound would cause instantaneous death."

Dr. Mileusnic-Polchan said Jones' injuries prove he was sitting. She also found car parts in his body. He had a total of 19 gunshot wounds.

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One wound to Jones' right forearm would have kept him from using it.

Jones' sister looked away as the medical examiner demonstrated the trajectories of the wounds with the dummies.


Wounds to Brown

Dr. Mileusnic-Polchan said, "Mr. Brown's body was protected from Mr. Jones" during part of the shooting.

She said Brown's wounds showed tremendous fracturing of facial bones." Another wound left him paralyzed.

On cross examination, defense attorney Jim Logan emphasized that Jones' arm/ shoulder wound was the only one traceable to Leon's gun.


Audience in trouble for talking

As the jurors reviewed photos of the crime scene Tuesday morning, some men in the court room got in trouble with Judge Hayes because they wouldn't stop talking.

The judge warned one, "If you can't control your talking, sir, you'll need to step out of the courtroom."

Roane County Sheriff's Maj. Ken Mynatt, who's in charge of security for the trial, then told the men, "The judge said no talking."

The jurors spent more than an hour reviewing the photos before testimony started.


Court to do half day on Veterans Day

The jurors agreed to a suggestion from the judge to a half day in court Wednesday due to Veterans Day.


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