Houston brothers jailed

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By Damon Lawrence

Brothers Rocky and Leon Houston have been arrested. They are being held at the Knox County Jail on a hold for U.S. Marshals, according to the jail's website.

The brothers were booked into the jail on Saturday. John Sanchez, a spokesman for the U.S. Marshals Service, said he wasn't at liberty to discuss the reason for their arrest.

"I will have to wait until I am briefed and that's not going to happen for a while," Sanchez said.

Sanchez later said that all information regarding the arrest of the Houstons had to come from the U.S. Attorney's Office in Knoxville.

Rocky and Leon Houston each faced first-degree murder charges for the 2006 deaths of Roane County Sheriff’s Deputy Bill Jones and his ride-along Mike Brown.
Leon Houston’s first trial ended in a hung jury. He was acquitted during a second trial in November 2009.
A state appeals court ruled that an error made by the judge during Rocky Houston’s trial in December 2008 barred him from being tried again.

A search of federal court records on Saturday did not show any criminal charges pending against the Houstons. A spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney's Office did not respond to questions about the arrest.