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By DAMON LAWRENCE
The electronic monitoring bracelets brothers Rocky and Leon Houston had been wearing since their release on bond in March could soon be back in possession of the monitoring company.
“The bracelets are off,” Rocky said Friday. “They came off, I’m saying, about 9, 9:30 this morning, something like that.”
Rocky said they were going to ship the bracelets back to Tracking Solutions LLC by mail.
Tracking Solutions planned to halt service on the monitoring bracelets at midnight Friday for nonpayment.
Electronic monitoring is one of the conditions a judge ordered the brothers to comply with while out on bond.
The Houstons have complained that paying for the service, which the judge also ordered, is a financial hardship. They stopped paying, which prompted Tracking Solutions to notify the court of its plans to stop the monitoring.
The brothers are accused of killing Roane County Sheriff’s Deputy Bill Jones and Mike Brown. Brown, a former lawman, was on a ride-along with Jones when they were killed in a shootout outside of Leon’s home on Barnard Narrows Road on May 11, 2006.
The electronic monitoring issue is supposed to be taken up during a hearing in Roane County Criminal Court on Aug. 7.
The brothers want Special Judge David Hayes to remove electronic monitoring as a condition of bond.
Rocky could have bigger problems. Special prosecutor Kenneth Irvine said he will be seeking to send him back to jail for numerous violations of his bond conditions.
Rocky said they have yet to find legal representation and could represent themselves at the upcoming hearing.
“We’re looking for lawyers that are civil rights lawyers,” he said. “That’s the kind of lawyers that we want to sit down and talk to right now.”
Rocky’s former lawyer, Randy Rogers, wanted off the case after Rocky called him a liar, coward and thief during a TV interview.
In his motion to withdraw, Rogers wrote that Rocky’s animosity toward him had to do with his refusal “to file frivolous, unsupported, ludicrous and ridiculous motions.”
Rogers also wrote that Rocky “has grown more and more paranoid, delusional and become self-grandiose with regard to his importance and the importance of the case with regard to the federal government and figures.”
The Houstons have long complained that they are the victims of a corrupt system that stretches from Kingston to Nashville to Washington, D.C.
They continue to accuse several high-ranking government officials of being involved in the conspiracy against them.
Leon’s previous trial ended in a hung jury. He’s scheduled to be tried again in November.
Rocky’s case is stalled pending a decision from the Court of Criminal Appeals. He was found not guilty for the first-degree premeditated murder of Brown at his trial last December.
Rocky was also found not guilty on several lesser charges, but former Houston judge James “Buddy” Scott ruled the verdicts on the lesser charges did not count because the jury failed to follow proper instructions.
Rocky argues that retrying him would constitute double jeopardy, which is prohibited by the U.S. Constitution. Before withdrawing from the case, Rogers filed an appeal on Rocky’s behalf.