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Leon Houston acquitted on federal weapons charge

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By Damon Lawrence

Leon Houston has been acquitted of a federal weapons charge by a federal jury. "Praise God," Houston shouted when the judge read the verdict in U.S. District Court in Knoxville Wednesday. Houston acted as his own attorney in the trial, which began Monday. He was accused of possessing firearms while being an unlawful user of a controlled substance.  

"This right here was a broad reach," Houston's private investigator Greg Lundy said. "I just don’t think the evidence was there. Evidently 12 other people didn’t, either."

Houston still has another trial ahead. He has a court date Nov. 18 on a charge that he threatened to kill his former attorney James Logan. He will remain in custody pending the outcome of that trial.

For more on this story, read Friday's edition of the Roane County News.