By DAMON LAWRENCE
A request by murder suspect Rocky Houston to act as his own lawyer has been denied.
Rocky and his brother, Leon, are accused of killing Roane County Sheriff's Deputy Bill Jones and his friend Mike Brown, in a shootout on May 11, 2006.
During a hearing in March, Rocky repeated his request to Judge James "Buddy" Scott that he wished to represent himself in the case. Scott took the matter under advisement and issued a ruling last week denying Rocky's request.