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Jurors watch Jamie Hood confess to shooting officers

ATHENS, Ga. – During Thursday's court proceedings, juror heard accused cop killer Jamie Hood's confession to authorities moments after he surrendered on live TV.

The hour-and-a-half videotaped interview of Hood with two Georgia Bureau of Investigation agents was shown to jurors after they watched footage from 11Alive's coverage of Hood's surrender.

"I can't say nothing good about your Howard," Hood said in the interview.. "I can't. I know you're compadres."

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Witnesses say Jamie Hood held them at gunpoint

ATHENS, Ga. – Several people allegedly held hostage by Jamie Hood in March 2011 were no strangers to the alleged cop killer.

A series of witnesses testified Wednesday that Jamie Hood detained them at gunpoint as they left their East Athens apartments the morning of March 24, 2011 -- days after Hood is accused of shooting two Athens Clarke County police officers. Senior Officer Elmer "Buddy" Christian was killed and Officer Tony Howard was injured.

Mandrell Hull, who lived in the duplex with his wife, Chandre Bess, testified he had known Jamie Hood for years. Convicted cocaine dealer Quinton Riden said the same thing.

Testimony turns to Jamie Hood's surrender

ATHENS, Ga. --The man accused in the fatal shooting of an Athens-Clarke County police officer says prosecutors don't have sufficient to prove he committed another murder for which he's on trial.

Jamie Hood is standing trial on more than 70 charges, including the December 2010 shooting of Kenneth Omari Wray. That death was allegedly part of the drug-related feud that set off the crime-riddled chain of events that ended with two police officers shot and a hostage drama in March 2011.

On Tuesday, jurors heard an audio recording of a one-time friend of Hood telling the GBI that Jamie told him he had killed Wray,

Darius Lanier says Hood spent several hours at his home during a rainstorm after Hood shot police officers Tony Howard and Buddy Christian, and also told him about those shootings.

Jamie Hood apologizes to carjacking victim

ATHENS, Ga. – During testimony on Monday, Jamie Hood apologized to a woman he's accused of carjacking.

Hood is defending himself on 70 charges, including the March 2011 death of Athens-Clarke County Police Officer Elmer "Buddy" Christian. Hood has admitted to shooting Christian and another officer, Tony Howard. Hood claims that police didn't follow proper procedures, and that Howard, who survived the shooting, lured him into a fight.

Also among the charges are counts related to carjackings because of what Hood allegedly did after the shootings.

On Monday, jurors heard from Debra Lumpkin, who was sitting in a car near her friend's house when Hood ran up to her car, pointed a gun at her and got in the passenger side. Hood allegedly told her that he was running from police and ordered her to drive.

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Jamie Hood trial: Jurors hear slain officer's final moments

ATHENS, Ga. (WXIA) – The jury in the Jamie Hood death penalty trial listened to the final moments of a fallen officer's life on Friday.


Hood, who is defending himself, is accused of fatally shooting Athens-Clarke County Senior Police Officer Elmer "Buddy" Christian and wounding Officer Tony Howard in March 2011.

Hood was suspected in a carjacking and kidnapping earlier in the day.

In testimony Friday, jurors heard from a longtime police dispatcher who heard Christian's final words and immediately knew what had happened.

Jamie Hood: 'They're trying to convict me on passion'

ATHENS, Ga. -- The man accused of killing an Athens-Clarke County Police officer says the jury shouldn't see images of the slain officer's family.

In court on Thursday, GBI investigator Jeff Roesler showed jurors images of a bullet found in slain Officer Elmer "Buddy" Christian's patrol car. Roesler also showed them the bullet proof vest that Officer Tony Howard was wearing when he was shot.

Defendant Jamie Hood, who is representing himself, strongly objected when the investigator mentioned he found images of Officer Christian's kids on the screen saver of his computer.

"They're doing this to interject passion," Hood said. "That's what they're trying to convict me on, passion. What's on this screen saver don't have nothing to do with Jamie Hood shooting no gun."

Another juror leaves Jamie Hood trial; testimony continues

ATHENS, Ga. -- A third juror has left the Jamie Hood death penalty trial.

A female juror was excused on Wednesday after telling Judge Patrick Haggard she was unable to remain impartial after hearing some of the testimony so far.

There are now 12 jurors and three alternates left in a trial that could take at least another month. Hood is accused of fatally shooting Athens-Clarke County Senior Police Officer Elmer "Buddy" Christian and wounded another officer, Tony Howard.

Heart-wrenching accounts from police officers continued on Wednesday, as did some of the contentious back and forth between Jamie Hood and some of the witnesses.

Forensics expert Jim Schultz described the desperate moments on March 22, 2011 as he attempted to render aid to Howard and then realized there was a second victim nearby.