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Judge Issues Death Sentence in Police Slaying

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - A man convicted of killing a Montgomery police officer in Sept. 2006 has been sentenced to death.

At a hearing Thursday, Montgomery County Circuit Judge Truman Hobbs Jr. rejected a jury's recommendation that 34-year-old Mario Woodward of Montgomery be sentenced to life in prison without parole.

Woodward was convicted in Aug. in the shooting death of Officer Keith Houts. Prosecutors said the officer was slain during a traffic stop in north Montgomery.

Under Alabama law, the sentence will automatically be appealed.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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