Leon Houston federal trial to start today

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By Damon Lawrence

After multiple delays, Leon Houston could finally face a federal jury this week.
As of late Friday, his trial on a firearms charge was still listed on the U.S. District Court calendar.
According to the calendar, the trial is scheduled to start today – Monday – at 9 a.m. in the federal courthouse in Knoxville.
Houston was previously scheduled to stand trial in March, August and September, but all those trial dates were postponed.
 He’s charged with possessing a firearm while being an unlawful user of a controlled substance.
The charge stems from an arrest at his family’s South of the River farm on Jan. 11.
According to court records, Houston was found in possession of loaded firearms and, when questioned, allegedly admitted to “getting high.”
He also allegedly made a reference to some “wacky tobacco.”
Houston has been representing himself on the firearms charge.
He faces up to 10 years in prison if convicted.
Houston is also charged in federal court with threatening to kill Cleveland attorney James Logan.
He’s scheduled to stand trial on that charge on Nov. 18.
Logan successfully defended Houston against double-murder charges in connection with the 2006 shooting death of Roane County Sheriff’s Deputy Bill Jones and his friend and ridealong partner, former lawman Mike Brown.
In 2009, Houston and other family members 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.
Logan later decided to foreclose on the property after Houston defaulted on an agreement.