In May of 2006, a deputy sheriff of Roane County and a field deputy were killed in a hail of gunfire between law enforcement officers and Rocky Joe and Leon Houston. Approximately three and a half years later, Leon Houston was acquitted in a jury trial wherein he was represented by James F. Logan Jr. of the law firm Logan-Thompson, P.C.
At the time of his acquittal, Houston told news media that he thanked God for bringing his family to hire Mr. Logan to represent him. Subsequently, Houston failed to pay his attorney's fees which resulted in a foreclosure on some property which had been placed as security for Houston's attorney's fees and expenses. Houston then filed suit against Logan in state and federal court to attempt to stop the foreclosure. Houston's case was dismissed as being totally without merit. Subsequently, Houston threatened to kill Logan. Thereafter, Leon Houston and Rocky Joe Houston were indicted for violation of various gun charges and Leon Houston was indicted for threatening to kill Logan.
During Leon Houston's sentencing trial, in which he received the maximum sentence allowed by law, it was for the first time revealed that Logan had donated to Habitat for Humanity that property which had been received in the foreclosure. The saga is still continuing, as Rocky Houston is awaiting sentencing on his federal conviction of February 19th. His sentencing trial is scheduled for March 26th.
Mr. Logan states that he hopes that the closure of these matters will bring the saga to an end. Too many people have suffered for far too long as a result of the events surrounding Rocky Houston and Leon Houston.
For more information, please visit the following:
WBIR on Leon Houston
WATE on Leon Houston Death Threat
Chattanooga Times Free Press on Houston Land