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Jurors watch Jamie Hood confess to shooting officers

ATHENS, Ga. – During Thursday's court proceedings, juror heard accused cop killer Jamie Hood's confession to authorities moments after he surrendered on live TV.

The hour-and-a-half videotaped interview of Hood with two Georgia Bureau of Investigation agents was shown to jurors after they watched footage from 11Alive's coverage of Hood's surrender.

"I can't say nothing good about your Howard," Hood said in the interview.. "I can't. I know you're compadres."

In the interview, Hood didn't apologize for shooting and injuring Officer Tony Howard, but says he did not mean to shoot and kill the second officer he encountered.

"Boy, I wish I could take that away but I can't," Hood said. "Bad damn mistake for that boy. Whatever his name is."

Elmer "Buddy" Christian died after being shot in his patrol car.

"The adrenaline going," Hood said. "I know Buddy fixin' to shoot me. I can't let you do that, Buddy. It was all kill or be killed."

Later, the agents ask Hood if he wants to write a letter to Christian's family. Hood says yes, and the agent later reads it back to him:

"Dear Christian family, my name is Jamie Hood. I am the man who shot Buddy. I would like to apologize for my actions because he did not deserve that. I never knew Buddy or had any problems with him. I just seen him at the wrong time and in the wrong situation. I know you and your loved ones don't like me right now and I do understand, but I want you to know I regret that moment because no innocent person deserves being hurt. I just met Buddy at the wrong time in the wrong situation."

Hood is defending himself in his death penalty trial. It is believed prosecutors are nearing the end of their presentations.


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