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A trustee’s deed has been recorded in the Roane County Register of Deeds Office on three tracts of Houston family property.
James F. Logan Jr., a Cleveland, Tenn., attorney who represented Leon Houston in his murder case, is listed as the new owner of the property. The trustee’s deed, dated Sept. 21,was filed with the office in November.
“To the best of my knowledge, the actual consideration or value of the property at the time of purchase and until the Houstons are ejected from the property is $105,000,” the deed said.
Leon Houston and his brother, Rocky, 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.
On March 12, 2009, Rocky, Leon and other members of the Houston family signed a deed of trust on four tracts of land that named Logan as the beneficiary.
The property was used to secure attorney fees and expenses for Logan. He later decided to foreclose on the property after Leon defaulted on an agreement.
Three of the tracts, which total around 100 acres, were purchased by Logan for $150,000 at a foreclosure sale on the steps of the Roane County Courthouse in January 2011.
Rocky and Leon showed up and shouted accusations at Logan and others while the sale was taking place. Logan was the only person to offer a bid on the property.