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ATHENS, Ga. – Jury selection began Monday in the trial for an 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.

Hood was in court last Wednesday to discuss evidence in the case. Hood asked the prosecution to share more of its evidence with him, specifically Christian's personnel records.

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"I want what time he clocked, what was his shifts, what was his duties," Hood said. "There's got to be some types of records like that, because you just don't show up for work if you don't have records of what you're doing."

Hood, who is defending himself, has two public defenders on standby should he need help. He has been given a laptop as well as private investigator and a forensic expert to help him work on his defense from jail.

Hood told Western Judicial Circuit Superior Court Judge H. Patrick Haggard that he also wants help with security. Hood said he wants a video camera focused on him as he gets ready for jury selection.

"People are saying they want me dead, especially coming from law enforcement," Hood said.

The judge did not rule on Hood's request.

The case will be tried in Athens, but the jury will be selected in Elbert County in hopes of finding impartial jurors.

Back in 2011, Hood surrendered to authorities on 11Alive after a massive manhunt. At the time, Hood was holding nine people hostage. Hood only agreed to end his standoff if it was covered on live television. Hood said that he believed that he would be shot by GBI agents because his brother had been killed in a standoff with police a decade earlier.

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