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Roane clerk first witness in Rocky Houston federal trial

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By The Staff

Roane County Circuit Court Clerk Kim Nelson was the first witness called to testify Monday afternoon in Rocky Houston's federal trial on being a convicted felon in possesion of firearms.

Nelson testified that Houston was convicted of felony evading arrest in 2010.

She was followed to the stand by Jason Dobbs, the lead U.S. Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms agent on the case.

The morning was taken up by jury selection. Four men and 10 women were seated to the jury in the U.S. District Courthouse in Knoxville.

Houston was indicted in early 2013 on 14 federal counts of being a convicted felon in possession of firearms. All but one of those charges were dropped in January, when Houston's trial was originally scheduled.

A mistrial was declared the following day when Houston's attorney informed the court that a juror whom Houston wanted challenged during jury selection was inadvertently not challenged and seated on the jury.

Read Wednesday's Roane County News and visit www.roanecounty.com for more developments on the case.