Montgomery Police Chief Arthur Baylor said the investigation into Office Keith Houts' shooting will continue, despite the arrest of Mario Woodward. Police want to determine who might have helped Woodward in his flight from Montgomery after the shooting.
At 17, Woodward fatally shot Janice Albert on October 14th of 1990 in Prattville, according to court records. He fled to Chicago and then Detroit, where he was apprehended January Fourth of 1991, and brought back to Alabama by Autauga County deputies.
Woodward applied for youthful offender status but was denied. He went to prison February Second of 1991, after pleading guilty to manslaughter. He was sentenced to 15 years and served six.
In June of 1999, Woodward was convicted of marijuana possession and sentenced to five years probation.
Less than three years later, in March of 2002, Woodward was arrested in Montgomery in connection with the drive-by shooting death of an innocent bystander, Sharon Marks. The 18-year-old Marks was hit in the head by a stray bullet fired in a shootout involving at least four men, who police said were arguing over another woman.
Officers said they believed Woodward had driven the car. Although a grand jury failed to indict Woodward, his arrest violated his probation and he was sentenced to a year in prison.