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Opening Statements Get Underway in Woodward Trial

Joe Van Heest says credibility is an issue with one witness, who admitted on the stand she was buying drugs at the time of officer Houts' murder. Joe Van Heest says credibility is an issue with one witness, who admitted on the stand she was buying drugs at the time of officer Houts' murder.

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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Opening statements began Wednesday in the capital murder trial of Mario Woodward.

Woodward is accused of shooting to death a Montgomery police officer almost two years ago.

After opening statements, the government called three witnesses to the stand, none of which pointed a finger at Woodard as the shooter.

The witnesses did testify, however, that a shooting took place.

One witness said that she arrived on Decatur Street right after the shooting and said she heard a gunshot and saw Officer Keith Houts lying on the ground.

When defense attorneys asked why she was in the neighborhood she admitted that she and a friend were there to buy drugs.  

"That does go to the credibility of a person; they were their to buy drugs," said defense attorney Joe Van Heest, "and that individual didn't really see anything that was particularly incriminating anyway." 

Van Heest goes on to say there are a lot of factors to consider when listening to the witness' testimony, saying someone who was there to buy drugs may have been on drugs at the time as well.

At this time WSFA 12 News has only been able to get the defense's side of the argument because the prosecution is not talking.

The trial will resume Thursday morning at 8:45am.

WSFA 12 News will be there throughout the day. 

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