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Rocky Houston released from jail

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By The Staff

By DAMON LAWRENCE

dlawrence@roanecounty.com

Last week Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton said he expected Rocky Houston to be released from jail any day now.

That day came Wednesday.

"I got an order from the court today about 12:35, and he was out of here shortly after 1," Stockton said.

Rocky's release came a day after the four-year anniversary of the shootout that landed him behind bars.

Roane County Sheriff's Deputy Bill Jones and his ride-along passenger Mike Brown died in the May 11, 2006 gunfight in front of Leon Houston's home on Barnard Narrows Road.

Rocky and Leon each faced murder charges for their deaths. A jury acquitted Leon of all charges in the deaths of the two men last November.

The Court of Criminal Appeals ruled that the state is prohibited from trying Rocky again for the murders because Judge James "Buddy" Scott improperly dismissed the jury in his December 2008 trial.

The state had the option to contest the decision by the Court of Criminal Appeals, but chose not to.

The deadline expired last week.