Leon Houston found not guilty in 2006 shooting deaths

Leon Houston found not guilty in 2006 shooting deaths

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"I thank God for my family and friends who prayed for me and supported me through this whole terrible, horrible ordeal," Leon Houston said. "I thank God for my family and friends who prayed for me and supported me through this whole terrible, horrible ordeal," Leon Houston said.
"There's one mighty God, and nobody can lie to Him," said Pat Brown, the mother of Mike Brown. "There's one mighty God, and nobody can lie to Him," said Pat Brown, the mother of Mike Brown.

By ANN KEIL
6 News Reporter

KINGSTON (WATE) -- A Roane County jury found Leon Houston not guilty on all counts Thursday for the 2006 shooting deaths of a Roane County deputy and his friend.

Houston was charged with first degree murder in the 2006 fatal shootings of Roane County Deputy Bill Jones and his friend and former officer, Mike Brown.

This was the second time Houston was tried in this case. A previous trial ended with a hung jury after more than 14 hours of deliberating over two days.

Houston's brother, Rocky Houston, is facing a retrial on similar charges from the same shootings.

Rocky Houston's first trial ended in a split verdict. He is now fighting an attempt to retry him with a claim of double jeopardy.

During the trial, Leon Houston's attorney said his client acted in self-defense. Houston did not testify.

The jury could have found Leon guilty of any of a total of 33 counts, including first degree murder, facilitation of felony murder, second degree murder, manslaughter or reckless homicide. But instead, they decided there wasn't enough evidence to convict him on any of the charges.

Pat Brown, the mother of Mike Brown, the man riding with Deputy Jones when the shooting took place, reacted angrily to the verdict.

"When you can come out and blow a cop's head off and somebody else, they walk free; when you're known for all your meanness, of block people coming on that road and everything, you know what? There's one mighty God, and nobody can lie to Him," she said.

Houston spoke of God, as well, after he became a free man.

"I thank God for my family and friends who prayed for me and supported me through this whole terrible, horrible ordeal," he said. "My prayers are with the Jones family and the Brown family. God knows I couldn't help anything that happened that day."

While waiting for the jury to deliberate, Houstons said he "waited all day there in that room where they had me locked up and I prepared for the worse, but I prayed for the best."

 


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