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Hundreds Attend Vigil For Slain Officer

Hundreds of people gathered Monday night for a candlelight vigil in honor of the Montgomery police officer who was shot last week and died over the weekend.

City and state leaders spoke of Keith Houts' dedication as both a police officer and a military soldier. In what they said was a rare gesture, they thanked his family.

Halfway through the ceremony, Houts' wife and family lit a candle in front of the officers memorial. Houts' name will soon be added to the memorial.

34-year old Mario Woodward, the man accused of shooting the 30-year-old officer during a traffic stop on Thursday appeared in court.

He told District Judge Lynn Bright he wants his capital murder trial moved out of Montgomery County because he didn't believe he could get a fair trial there.

It is too early to tell when the trial will be held.

A public service for Houts is scheduled for 10 a-m Wednesday at Frazer Memorial United Methodist Church on Atlanta Highway.

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