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Houston Brothers Murder Trials

Rocky and Leon Houston
Rocky Houston    Leon Houston

On May 11, 2006, Roane County Deputy Bill Jones and Mike Brown, a former police officer friend riding along with him, were killed in a shootout at Leon Houston's home in Roane County.

Rocky Houston was wounded in the gun battle and arrested that night at a hospital. Leon Houston remained at large until he was arrested a few days later.

The brothers were charged with first degree murder. Rocky Houston's first trial ended in a hung jury on one charge and a not guilty verdict on the other in December 2008. Leon's first trial also ended in a mistrial in July 2008.

Leon Houston was acquitted in his second trial in November 2009.

The Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals dismissed the charges against Rocky Houston in March 2010.

The family of Mike Brown was awarded $5 million in damages in April 2012 in a wrongful death suit against the Houstons.


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