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Traumatic recording reveals moments after Athens policemen shot


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.

On it, jurors could clearly hear Officer Howard moaning with pain.

He survived his injuries but another officer, Buddy Christian, never had a chance.

Sgt. Cowan testified that Christian died nearby responding to Howard's call for help.

Hood is on trial for shooting both men and he's acting as his own defense attorney with a strategy.

During cross-examination, Jamie Hood tried to suggest that Officer Howard did not follow proper protocol when he tried to stop and arrest Hood.

The sequestered jury will get one day off before the trial continues on Monday.

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