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Witnesses say Jamie Hood held them at gunpoint
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ATHENS, Ga. – Several people allegedly held hostage by Jamie Hood in March 2011 were no strangers to the alleged cop killer.

A series of witnesses testified Wednesday that Jamie Hood detained them at gunpoint as they left their East Athens apartments the morning of March 24, 2011 -- days after Hood is accused of shooting two Athens Clarke County police officers. Senior Officer Elmer "Buddy" Christian was killed and Officer Tony Howard was injured.

Mandrell Hull, who lived in the duplex with his wife, Chandre Bess, testified he had known Jamie Hood for years. Convicted cocaine dealer Quinton Riden said the same thing.

Witnesses described a chaotic scene where hostages came and went, cocaine and marijuana were used and Hood -- still armed with a handgun -- repeatedly gave his account of the police shootings two days before.

"He said he didn't mean to kill Buddy Christian, he said wanted to kill Howard," Bess said.

Hood is charged with kidnapping and false imprisonment for taking the hostages, but under cross-examination, he questioned whether they were in fact hostages. He pointed several of them left and came back, One of them said that he threatened to kill her family if she didn't return.

A $50,000 reward came up in court several times during cross examination. Some witnesses said they had heard about it and talked about splitting it with Hood and his mother; others said they had no knowledge of it.

One witness, Shandonjahnique Bess, testified that Hood said he would "kill five more people before he turned himself in."

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