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

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Hood has admitted to killing Christian and shooting Howard, but he's trying to convince the jury he was justified in those shootings.

However, Roesler said neither officer pulled out their guns during the confrontation with Hood.

"That's the holstered, secured weapon on the right side of Officer Christian's duty belt," he testified.

When it was his time to cross-examine, Hood continually questioned the thoroughness of Roesler's investigation -- often accusing him of skipping important steps.

Jurors later heard police dispatches from the day of the shooting.

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