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Testimony turns to Jamie Hood's surrender

ATHENS, Ga. --The man accused in the fatal shooting of an Athens-Clarke County police officer says prosecutors don't have sufficient to prove he committed another murder for which he's on trial.

Jamie Hood is standing trial on more than 70 charges, including the December 2010 shooting of Kenneth Omari Wray. That death was allegedly part of the drug-related feud that set off the crime-riddled chain of events that ended with two police officers shot and a hostage drama in March 2011.

On Tuesday, jurors heard an audio recording of a one-time friend of Hood telling the GBI that Jamie told him he had killed Wray,

Darius Lanier says Hood spent several hours at his home during a rainstorm after Hood shot police officers Tony Howard and Buddy Christian, and also told him about those shootings.


GBI Agent Rebecca Herold conducted the interview with Lanier.

On cross examination, Hood questioned whether Lanier was motivated by reward money and challenged the physical evidence.

Also testifying on Tuesday was Belinda Billups, who lived in the duplex where Hood allegedly took her and eight others hostage, including two small children. She tearfully described being forced into a bathroom, and talked about how Hood threatened to kill her family before Hood finally walked out of the house with the hostages on March 25, 2011.

There was also a lot more testimony about Hood's very public surrender, including some very graphic 911 calls where Hood demanded that his mother and the news media be present because he thought police were going to shoot him.

In the 911 call, Hood demanded to be taken someplace other than Clark County Jail, where he said he didn't trust deputies.

Hood grew furious when he asked the agent to call him back in two minutes and the return call was late. After a string of expletives in which he stated he didn't trust police, Hood demanded news media coverage before his surrender.


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