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ATHENS, Ga. -- After weeks of testimony, the jury will soon get the case of accused cop-killer Jamie Hood.

Both sides made their closing arguments to the jury, Saturday.

11Alive was in court to bring the latest details from the case.

Whether it was opening statements, testimony or summation, Hood rambled – at times incoherently – to the jury about his defense in this case.

He described it as "alibi and justification."

"Now let me tell you all something. When I say justification, I'm in no means saying it's okay to do what I done," Hood said. "I'm not saying my defense is justification to say it's okay. I'm showing you why."

He said it was police corruption and that an officer "misused his badge" to set in motion a deadly chain of events in 2011.

That officer, he said, was Tony Howard who shot and wounded then killed officer Buddy Christian.

"Whatever I get, I deserve; I can't blame nobody" - District Attorney Ken Mauldin said those were the first words spoken by Hood after he surrendered to police.

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"But from every point after that, he has blamed everybody but himself," Mauldin said.

Hood said there are a lot of things he is but one thing he is not.

"I'm a monster, I'm heartless, I'm a malice murderer, I'm a cop killer," he said. "I will not wear that title – cop killer – under no circumstances, I will not wear that.

The jury is expected to begin deliberations, Monday. If Hood is found guilty, there is a second phase of the trial – one in which the jury will decide between a life or death sentence.



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