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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.


The jury viewed dash cam video from another officer's vehicle as he came up on the shooting scene just moments after Howard and Christian were shot.

During cross examination Jamie Hood grew increasingly frustrated and agitated. There were numerous objections by the district attorney, Ken Mauldin. At times, things became heated between Mauldin and Hood.

The judge cautioned both sides against raising their voices and allow Hood to continue his line of questioning.


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