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Houston Case Update

No second trial for Rocky Houston. This was an odd case. A few years back, the brothers were arrested for ambushing and killing a deputy and his ride along (who was armed). According to locals, there were many reports of the local police harassing the brothers. The jury found him not guilty of first degree murder and deadlocked on other charges.

8 Responses to “Houston Case Update”

  1. TomcatsHanger Says:

    I can’t comment on the case, but who needs to get fired and/or tar and feathered for attempting double jeopardy against Mr. Houston?

    Clear cut case of attempting to violate the Bill of Rights of the US Constitution should be grounds for removal from public employment, and it really should result in a trail with possible jail time.

  2. Nate Says:

    There must have been some compelling evidence that the shooting was justified for the Jury to find them not guilty. Normally all the prosecutor in a cop shooting has to do is talk about brave law enforcement officers being gunned down, show the crying family, and they get a conviction.

  3. Les Jones Says:

    The deputy and his ride along friend (who was armed) showed up the Houston house, supposedly to serve a warrant. One of the suspicious things about the deputy’s story is that the prosecution could never produce the warrant or supporting paperwork.

  4. ModlCitzn Says:

    Regardless, I’d still get the hell out of that state if I were him.

  5. Beaumont Says:

    According to news reports I heard, the sheriff had explicitly ordered the deputy NOT to go to the Houston residence. That, the reports of bad blood going back for years, and the missing warrant all contributed to Rocky’s de facto acquittal. Society can tolerate some level of crime more easily than it can tolerate bad cops. The TBI should be crawling all over this case.

  6. Jake Says:

    who needs to get fired and/or tar and feathered for attempting double jeopardy against Mr. Houston?

    While ordinarily I would agree with you, I can’t in this case – it’s not a clear case of double jeopardy, it’s really a procedural screw-up by the judge.

    Ordinarily, a deadlocked jury will result in a mistrial, which allows the prosecution the option to re-try the charges. In this case, the judge “forgot” to declare a mistrial. The question was whether that counted as an acquittal or not.

    The Court of Criminal Appeals agreed today. Special Judge James “Buddy” Scott failed to declare a mistrial before sending the jury home, which translates to an automatic acquittal under state law, the court ruled.

    Essentially, while it sounds like it really may have been self-defense, he got out of a second trial on a technicality, not a real acquittal.

  7. Brad Says:

    Holy crap! How often is a cop killer who claims self-defense acquitted?

  8. Beaumont Says:

    Brad, read the previous comments. It appears that the deputy and his friend went to the Houston house looking for trouble. Unfortunately for all involved, they found some.

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