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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.


Officer Harold Kitchens was the first officer on the scene when the two police officers were shot in March 2011. Re-living those moments on the witness stand were clearly difficult for him.

"Officer Howard was going in and out of consciousness, he asked a few times if EMS was coming," Kitchens.

Kitchens said at the moment he didn't know a second officer was down. Then he saw Christian's car down the street.

"He was unresponsive, he wasn't breathing and I could see he was gone," Kitchens said.

Sgt. Vaughn Anderson had a similar account.

"I went straight to the car and assessed Buddy and there was nothing I could do," Anderson said.

On cross-examination, Hood challenged police accounts of the kidnapping that started the chain of events that day, with numerous objections from the district attorney.

"Why can you recall going to my parents' house and saying bad stuff about me but you can't recall what happened," Hood asked Anderson.

A judge sustained the prosecutor's objection to that question.

Hood later raised the ire of prosecutors and the judge when he asked a taxi driver if he'd been smoking crack cocaine.

District Attorney Ken Maudlin make numerous objections throughout the day.

Testimony will resume on Wednesday morning.


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