Witness released after questioning in Cowdery case

March 20, 2001|By Richard Irwin | Richard Irwin,SUN STAFF

A man sought as a material witness in the fatal shooting March 12 of a Baltimore police officer talked to police yesterday and was released after being questioned by homicide detectives and a deputy state's attorney.

William A. "Mookie" Houston, 20, of the 600 block of E. 29th St. and his attorney arrived at the city state's attorney's office in the Clarence M. Mitchell Jr. Courthouse about 3:15 p.m., said Lt. Richard Fahlteich of the homicide unit.

Fahlteich said Houston left about 5 p.m. after relating what he had seen the night that Agent Michael J. Cowdery Jr. was fatally shot while two other officers interviewed Houston and another man in the 2300 block of Harford Road.

Fahlteich said Houston cooperated with police and Deputy State's Attorney Donald Giblin.

Howard Whitworth, 31, of the 4900 block of Crenshaw Ave., who is charged in Cowdery's killing, remains hospitalized. He was shot by police shortly after Cowdery was gunned down.

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