Leon’s trial put off again

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Newest court date is Nov. 4

By Damon Lawrence

U.S. Magistrate C. Clifford Shirley Jr. continues to allow Leon Houston to delay his federal trial.
Houston was scheduled to stand trial on Sept. 24 on a charge of possessing a firearm while being an unlawful user of a controlled substance.
Prior to this month, two previous trial dates had been postponed.  
Houston filed a motion last week to continue the Sept. 24 trial.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office did not object, and it was moved to Nov. 4.
Houston’s trial on a second charge of threatening to kill attor-
ney James Logan was moved from Nov. 4 to Nov. 18.
Both those trial dates are tentative and subject to change as well.
“The court finds the continuance of both trials at the defendant’s request to be well-taken and that the ends of justice served by granting a continuance outweigh the interest of the defendant and the public in a speedy trial,” Shirley said in his order granting the continuances.
Houston is representing himself on the firearm charge, with attorney Charles I. Poole acting as his advisory counsel.
Houston is represented by Poole on the murder-threat charge.
In his motion to continue the Sept. 24 trial, Houston claimed he hasn’t had time to meet with his investigator.
He also claimed he hasn’t been provided some evidence in the case.
Houston is in custody at the Blount County Jail in Maryville.