Houston brothers released on reduced bonds

Houston brothers released on reduced bonds

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As they left the jail, Rocky Houston told the media, "It's God's will that we're alive. We're going to get through this. We're going to win. God bless you." As they left the jail, Rocky Houston told the media, "It's God's will that we're alive. We're going to get through this. We're going to win. God bless you."
His brother, Leon Houston, got into an SUV to leave just after Rocky. His brother, Leon Houston, got into an SUV to leave just after Rocky.

By KRISTYN CADDELL
6 News Reporter 

KINGSTON (WATE) -- Nearly three years after they were jailed, Leon and Rocky Houston were released from custody Thursday evening on reduced bonds.

The brothers are each charged with first degree murder in the fatal shootings of a Roane County deputy and his ride-along friend in May 2006.

They were arrested shortly after Deputy Bill Jones and Mike Brown were gunned down. Rocky was arrested the same night. Leon was arrested after a manhunt.

"I thank God for family and friends who've helped us out of this," Leon said as he arrived at the jail Roane County Jail in Kingston.

As they left the jail, Rocky told the media, "It's God's will that we're alive. We're going to get through this. We're going to win. God bless you."

After the brothers were gone, Leon's attorney, Jim Logan, said, "It's been a tiresome day. Rain is falling on us now, but the sun is shining in the hearts of the Houston family."

Logan added that the brothers "...cannot travel outside a very restricted area and they must wear monitoring devices" and they're "grateful for the prayers and support of the community members."

The brothers have been jailed in separate counties and were brought to Roane County, where they were released at the same time.

Leon was brought from the Loudon County Jail and Rocky was brought from the Scott County Jail.

The brothers have each stood trial once, but both cases ended in hung juries.

Their bonds were reduced in January. Leon's bond is $302,000 and Rocky's bond is $400,000.

Both bonds were originally $900,000.

The families are making bond by putting up their property.

The bond conditions include:

  • House arrest
  • Required to wear electronic monitoring devices, at their expense
  • Not allowed to have firearms at their homes
  • Not allowed in the immediate vicinity of any firearms
  • Allowed to attend court hearings, church, work, doctors appointments without prior approval from the court
  • Required to get prior approval from the court to attend other functions or appointments
  • Subject to random drug screening
  • Required to check in with authorities by phone each day

Special Judge David Hayes approved those bond conditions, which were set by previous Judge Buddy Scott, who stepped down in February.

They are scheduled for a status hearing in court on march 19th. No new trial dates have been set.

They're scheduled for a status hearing in court on March 19. No new trial dates have been set.

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