U.S. Supreme Court Won't Review Alabama Cop Killer's Death Penalty Sentence

The U.S. Supreme Court said on Monday that it won't review the death sentence of an Alabama cop killer.

Washington, DC – The U.S. Supreme Court announced on Monday that it would not review the case of an Alabama cop killer whose death sentence was imposed by a judge after the jury voted to give him life in prison.

On Sept. 28, 2006, Montgomery Police Officer Keith Houts was shot in the head while he was making a traffic stop on North Decatur Street, according to the Officer Down Memorial Page.

Then the killer, later identified as Mario Dion Woodward, stood over the officer and fired multiple rounds into his chest.

Dashcam video revealed that Woodward shot 30-year-old Officer Houts through the jaw as soon as he approached his vehicle, the WSFA reported.

The bullet traveled through the officer’s neck and severed his spine, killing him instantly.

"Even after the killer's first shot cut down his victim, he proceeded to shoot the fallen officer four more times," Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall said as he fought Woodward’s effort to overturn his conviction before the Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals in April of 2018.

Woodward convinced his girlfriend and her friend to drive him to Birmingham after he murdered Officer Houts, and the killer confessed to his crime to them, WSFA reported.

Prosecutors said he threw the gun out of the window along the way and hooked up with a friend in Birmingham to flee the state.

Federal marshals apprehended Woodward at an Atlanta gas station, according to WSFA.

“What's going on? I didn't shoot nobody,” he blurted when he was captured.

Woodward was charged with two counts of capital murder because he shot an on-duty police officer from inside his vehicle, WFSA reported.

A Montgomery jury sentenced the cop killer to life in prison in 2008, in a vote of 8 to 4 against imposing the death penalty, the Montgomery Advertiser reported.

But Montgomery County Circuit Judge Truman Hobbs overrode the jury’s verdict and sentenced Woodward to death.

In 2017, Alabama law changed so that judges could no longer impose the death penalty against the wishes of a jury, according to the Montgomery Advertiser.

It was the last state in the nation where a judge could overrule a jury’s decision in a capital case and Woodward’s attorneys filed another appeal.

Hobbs stood by his decision to upgrade the sentence to a death sentence, the Montgomery Advertiser reported.

The judge said the sentence was based partially on the fact that Woodward had previously served eight years in prison on another murder conviction.

In November of 2018, the Alabama Supreme Court denied Woodward’s appeal, the Montgomery Advertiser reported.

So his attorneys took the case to the U.S. Supreme Court to argue that his sentence was unconstitutional.

The justices announced on Oct. 7 that they would not review Woodward’s case, the Associated Press reported.

The cop killer has the option to pursue the fight in the lower courts.

Comments (12)
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IseeWhereThisIsGoing
IseeWhereThisIsGoing

Good. So follow the sentence and execute the POS. It's his second murder conviction in less than 10 years, he deserves a bullet in the back of the head. I'll even volunteer to pull the trigger.

shooter
shooter

The executioner has to be executed...period.

javaguy746
javaguy746

Thank you Judge Truman Hobbs

Hoops
Hoops

He forfeited his privilege of living among us

harleyman
harleyman

good another dirtbag waste of life cop killer off the street now lets send him to hell with a thin blue line in his veins

Aryfrosty
Aryfrosty

Enough waiting. Carry out the sentence immediately! The spirit of the dead cop demands justice.

thansley330
thansley330

The judge was correct in sentencing this pos to death. He is a Stone coldblooded killer who deserves what he got. The jury errored in their duty so the judge seen fit to write justice.

Rascal1966
Rascal1966

The judge got it right. This is his 2nd murder conviction!!!! He's a piece of shit waste of oxygen!!! Stop wasting tax payer money. Execute this piece of garbage!!!

Badge204
Badge204

A federal death sentence for ALL POLICE KILLERS. LIFE IN PRISON FOR INJURY OF A LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER