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Jame Hood trial: Defendant challenges police


ATHENS, Ga. -- It was an emotional and at times bizarre day in the Jamie Hood death penalty trial.

Hood is charged with felony murder and dozens of other crimes in connection with the shootings of two Athens-Clarke County police officers.

Elmer "Buddy" Christian was killed in the 2011 shooting; his colleague Tony Howard was badly injured.

Jamie Hood is defending himself in this case. On Tuesday, he continued to challenge whether officers followed department policy the day of the shooting.

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Jamie Hood questions officer he's accused of shooting


ATHENS, Ga. – Jamie Hood spent much of Monday cross-examining an Athens police officer he's accused of shooting.

Hood is defending himself in a 70-count death penalty case. He's accused of fatally shooting Athens-Clarke County Senior Police Officer "Buddy" Christian and wounding another office, Tony Howard in March 2011.

On the stand Monday, Howard said the incident began when he got an alert to be on the lookout for Hood in connection with a kidnapping. Howard said he pulled over a vehicle being driven by Hood's brother.

Howard said that Hood jumped out of the SUV and ran towards him.

Howard described the injuries he suffered from being shot twice during the confrontation that left his fellow officer dead. He said he has recurring health problems from the shooting, including hearing loss.

Traumatic recording reveals moments after Athens policemen shot


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ATHENS, Ga. -- A gut-wrenching voice recording was the focus of a rare Saturday court session in the Jamie Hood shooting trial.

"There was a lot of hollering, 'Shots fired; officers involved'," Sgt. Glenn Cowan said.

Cowan struggled to get through his testimony as he described being the first supervisor to respond to teh shooting of Athens-Clark County Police Officer Tony Howard on March 22, 2011.

"When we got to the back parking lot is when you could see," he said. "You could see Tony Howard lying face down."

Sgt. Cowan said he didn't know it at the time, but he inadvertently activated the voice recorder on his uniform.

It ran for 12 minutes.

Emotion filled Friday at Jamie Hood murder trial


ATHENS, GA (WXIA) – Friday was an emotional and tension-filled day at the Jamie Hood felony murder trial. Hood came face to face with the friends of the officer he admitted gunning down.

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It was hard for some of them to keep their composure as they recalled the day officer Buddy Christian killed in the line of duty.

Sergeant Tony Kinkaid had trouble holding back tears as he described the rapidly unfolding events of March 22, 2011 when Hood allegedly kidnapped marijuana dealer Judon Brooks in the trunk of his Cadillac before later abandoning the car and shooting two officers.

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Jamie Hood makes opening statements in murder trial


ATHENS, Ga. – The man accused in the murder of an Athens police officer delivered opening statements in his own death penalty trial on Thursday.

Jamie Hood is defending himself on 70 charges, including killing a police officer and a civilian, and wounding another officer.

Authorities say Hood shot and killed Senior Police Officer Elmer "Buddy" Christian and injured SPO Tony Howard in March 2011. Hood is charged in the death of Kenneth Omari Wray, a county employee, in December 2010.

With no legal background, the 37-year-old Hood began his opening arguments cordially, but things ended up fiery.

Jury seated in trial of accused cop killer Jamie Hood


ELBERT COUNTY, Ga. -- More than four years after Jamie Hood confessed to the shootings of two police officers in Clarke County, a jury has been seated for trial.

The jury was selected from Elberton, which is about 40 miles from Athens, Ga., because prosecutors said there was too much pretrial publicity about the case in Athens.

Even in Elbert County, jury selection took more than three weeks.

Prosecutors say it was difficult to find jurors who had not heard about the Hood case or formed opinions about it.

Ga. Supreme Court lifts Jamie Hood trial suspension


The Georgia Supreme Court lifted a brief suspension in the proceedings in the trial of the Athens man accused of killing a police officer during a traffic stop in March 2011.

Jamie Hood is accused of fatally shooting Athens-Clarke County Senior Police Officer Elmer "Buddy" Christian and injuring SPO Tony Howard. Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty.

Jury selection began in Elbert County earlier this month. As of Friday, the jury had still not been selected.

Hood is defending himself.

The Georgia Supreme Court briefly halted the trial proceedings on Monday due to number of motions surrounding the case. Ga. Supreme Court spokesperson Jane Hansen issued a statement saying: