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Mistrial declared in Rocky Houston case

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Federal court saga on weapons charge will start all over again in mid-March

By Damon Lawrence

A mistrial was declared Wednesday morning in Rocky Houston’s federal firearms case.

Thirteen jurors — eight women and five men — were seated to hear the case on Tuesday. They were sent home early because of bad weather.

On Wednesday defense attorney Michael McGovern informed the court that a juror whom Houston wanted challenged during jury selection was inadvertently not challenged and seated on the jury.

After some discussion, the parties came to an agreement, and the court declared the mistrial.

Houston is charged with being a convicted felon in possession of firearms.

He faced 14 counts, but the government dismissed all but one on Tuesday.

A new trial date in the case was scheduled for March 17. Houston remains in custody at the Knox County Jail.

He faces up to 10 years in prison if convicted. He faced as many as 140 years until the government decided to drop 13 of the charges.