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  • Where was Rocky's rifle in shootout?

    By TERRI LIKENS

    rceditor@bellsouth.net

    Where was Rocky Houston's high-powered rifle when a police cruiser swung into the parking area in front of his brother's house on May 11, 2006?

    It's an important question for jurors who have to decide whether Houston was acting in self-defense in the shootout that ensued.

    However, the answers from defense witnesses at Rocky's double-murder trial have not been definitive.

  • Jury begins deliberations in Houston case

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    rclawrence@bellsouth.net

    Rocky Houston will not testify in his double-murder trial. He informed Special Judge James “Buddy” Scott of his decision Tuesday afternoon.

    “And that's your own personal decision?” Scott asked.

    “Yes,” Rocky responded.

    During his opening statement, defense attorney Randy Rogers hinted that Rocky might take the witness stand in his own defense.

  • Defense testimony vivid in Houston murder trial

    By TERRI LIKENS

    rceditor@bellsouth.net

    Rocky Houston did not take the stand Friday in his double murder case, but his wife, Nancy, did.

    She drew a rare courtroom smile from her husband when she testified she was more likely to get mad at Rocky  than he at her.

  • Spirit of the season more than just shopping

     

    “Recession? What recession?”

    Those were surprising words shared in a telephone call some days back with a former colleague and dear friend.

  • Tears fall as details of injuries offered by pathologist

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    rclawrence@bellsouth.net

    Mike Brown was on the ground, paralyzed from the waist down when he received a shot to the head that sent his jaw bone flying down Barnard Narrows Road.

    Darinka Mileusnic-Polchan, a forensic pathologist, stuck to that story no matter how much defense attorney Randy Rogers tried to debunk her testimony on Thursday in Rocky Houston's double-murder trial.

  • Wednesday update: Jurors see bullet from Houston's body

    By TERRI LIKENS

    rceditor@bellsouth.net

    The barrage of bullets in a May 11, 2006, shootout between Rocky and Leon Houston and two men in a police cruiser probably ended in a matter of seconds, according to witnesses.

    But at Rocky's first-degree murder trial in the shooting deaths of Roane County Deputy Bill Jones and his ride-along friend Mike Brown, discussion of those bullets — and the guns that fired them — has been the subject of many hours of testimony.

  • THURSDAY A.M.-- Eyewitness: Brown shot first

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    rclawrence@bellsouth.net

    After three days of cool analysis on ballistics, guns mechanics and police training, an eyewitness to the May 11, 2006, shootout took the stand in the Rocky Houston double-murder trial Thursday.

    The testimony of Anne Watts was in sharp contrast to the clinical testimony of law enforcement experts.

    Smoking with friends, a creeping patrol car, an agitated brother and sudden bursts of gunfire.

  • Ballistics the focus of Houston testimony Tuesday

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

  • Wartburg sweeps Greenback

    By BRIAN LANGLEY

    Morgan County News

        WARTBURG—Both Wartburg basketball teams flexed their muscles in a pair of regional battles against Greenback last Tuesday.

        60 was the winning lottery number for the two Wartburg teams as the Lady Bulldogs won 60-30 over an outmatched Greenback team, while the Bulldogs earned an exciting 60-57 victory over the Cherokees in a battle of two of the most highly-touted Class A teams in East Tennessee.

    GIRLS GAME

  • HOUSTON TRIAL: Peaceful evening shattered by gunfire