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From staff reports
James Logan, the Athens attorney who led Leon Houston's defense in his July 2008 murder trial, is apparently back on the case.
Logan was in court Monday when proceedings opened for Houston's retrial on double-murder charges. He was removed from the case in late July at Houston's request, and it had recently been learned that he had a $350,000 lien against property owned by the Houston family.
Houston is on trial for the May 2006 shooting deaths of Roane County Sheriff's Deputy Bill Jones and his friend, Mike Brown, a former lawman who was riding along with Jones when the gunfire exchange took place outside Houston's Bernard Narrows Road home.
Houston's 2008 trial ended in mistrial when the jurors became hopelessly deadlocked.
Houston's younger brother, Rocky Houston, were involved in the shootout. Rocky Houston was found not guilty on some charges, and jurors couldn’t reach an agreement on others when he was tried in December 2008.
Rocky Houston’s case is stayed pending a decision from the Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals.
Look for more information as it becomes available in Wednesday's paper and on www.roanecounty.com.