Hundreds Attend Public Memorial for Slain Officer

Chief Baylor presents a flag to the Houts family.
Chief Baylor presents a flag to the Houts family.

A memorial service for slain Montgomery police officer Keith Houts was held Wednesday morning at Frazer Memorial United Methodist Church.

Hundreds of mourners, including dozens of law enforcement officers from across the state, attended the service, which was broadcast live on WSFA 12.

Among the speakers were Montgomery Mayor Bobby Bright, Police Major Kevin Murphy, Police Chaplain Eric Jackson, and Sergeant Major Robert Gamper.

Montgomery Police Chief Art Baylor presented the Houts family with a Montgomery city flag.

Frazer's Dr. John Ed Mathison delivered the opening prayer and Rev. John Schmidt delivered the eulogy. Two musicians offered songs during the service, which concluded with "Amazing Grace" played on bagpipes.

Afterward, a procession took Houts' body to Birmingham for a private family funeral and burial.

The 30-year-old officer was shot last Thursday during a traffic stop on North Decatur Street and died at Jackson Hospital two days later.

The man suspected of shooting him, 32-year-old Mario Woodward of Montgomery, was captured in north Georgia and is being held without bond in the Montgomery County Jail on a capital murder charge.