Leon Houston opts to represent self in upcoming trial

Leon Houston opts to represent self in upcoming trial

Leon Houston (Source: Knox County Sheriff's Office) Leon Houston (Source: Knox County Sheriff's Office)

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Leon Houston was in court Monday on federal gun charges and elected to represent himself during his trial.

Houston was arrested in January after he admitted to federal officials that he was in possession of marijuana while also owning a gun.

On Monday, he told the judge he had waived his right to an attorney and chosen to represent himself.

Houston said his current attorney and he had incompatible differences and he felt he was better off defending himself.

Judge Richard Shirley advised against the move, but Houston insisted he represent himself.

Houston also asked for an elbow council. Judge Shirley said he will try to find one going forward.

Leon Houston will have a March 22 deadline to file any additional motions.

He will have a motions hearing on April 17. His trial date has been pushed to August 6.

He will remain in federal custody until then.

His brother, Rocky Houston, will be in court March 15 for a motions hearing on federal gun charges for a felon in possession of a firearm.

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