Prosecution rests in case against homeless man accused of shooting Howard County police officer

LAUREL, Md. - The prosecution has rested in the attempted murder trial of a homeless man charged with shooting a Howard County officer last fall.

Stephon Prather, 30, is also charged with assault and other charges related to a shootout with three police officers near the 9500 block of Washington Boulevard in Laurel on Oct. 23, 2013. 

Officer Steven Houk, who had worked for the department for two years, was struck in the abdomen and taken to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center.  Prather was arrested the following morning after authorities found him walking along Washington Boulevard . He had been wounded during the shootout.

Prather’s defense attorney, Janette E. Deboissiere, made a motion for a judgment of acquittal on all 17 counts of Prather’s indictment, but Howard County Circuit Court Judge Richard S. Bernhardt denied the motion. 

The trial is expected to conclude Wednesday.