Montgomery, Al. (WSFA) -- The man accused of killing Montgomery police officer Keith Houts lost a court battle Monday
WSFA 12 News confirmed Circuit Court Judge Truman Hobbs denied a motion to move Mario Woodward's trial out of the area.
Woodward's attorney, Richard Keith, requested the change due to pre-trial publicity saying his client would never receive a fair trial in Montgomery County.
Woodward is charged with the death officer Houts in October, 2006.