Leon Houston won’t have to represent himself in his quest for a new trial.
He wants an attorney to handle the matter.
U.S. Magistrate C. Clifford Shirley Jr. approved the request on Monday.
Shirley appointed Knoxville attorney Mike Whalen to handle Houston’s motion for a new trial.
“The defendant is a lay person of the law with limited skills, knowledge, training and the necessary experience,” Houston said in his handwritten motion seeking an attorney.