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Emotion filled Friday at Jamie Hood murder trial


ATHENS, GA (WXIA) – Friday was an emotional and tension-filled day at the Jamie Hood felony murder trial. Hood came face to face with the friends of the officer he admitted gunning down.

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It was hard for some of them to keep their composure as they recalled the day officer Buddy Christian killed in the line of duty.

Sergeant Tony Kinkaid had trouble holding back tears as he described the rapidly unfolding events of March 22, 2011 when Hood allegedly kidnapped marijuana dealer Judon Brooks in the trunk of his Cadillac before later abandoning the car and shooting two officers.

Jamie Hood makes opening statements in murder trial


ATHENS, Ga. – The man accused in the murder of an Athens police officer delivered opening statements in his own death penalty trial on Thursday.

Jamie Hood is defending himself on 70 charges, including killing a police officer and a civilian, and wounding another officer.

Authorities say Hood shot and killed Senior Police Officer Elmer "Buddy" Christian and injured SPO Tony Howard in March 2011. Hood is charged in the death of Kenneth Omari Wray, a county employee, in December 2010.

With no legal background, the 37-year-old Hood began his opening arguments cordially, but things ended up fiery.

Jury seated in trial of accused cop killer Jamie Hood


ELBERT COUNTY, Ga. -- More than four years after Jamie Hood confessed to the shootings of two police officers in Clarke County, a jury has been seated for trial.

The jury was selected from Elberton, which is about 40 miles from Athens, Ga., because prosecutors said there was too much pretrial publicity about the case in Athens.

Even in Elbert County, jury selection took more than three weeks.

Prosecutors say it was difficult to find jurors who had not heard about the Hood case or formed opinions about it.

Ga. Supreme Court lifts Jamie Hood trial suspension


The Georgia Supreme Court lifted a brief suspension in the proceedings in the trial of the Athens man accused of killing a police officer during a traffic stop in March 2011.

Jamie Hood is accused of fatally shooting Athens-Clarke County Senior Police Officer Elmer "Buddy" Christian and injuring SPO Tony Howard. Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty.

Jury selection began in Elbert County earlier this month. As of Friday, the jury had still not been selected.

Hood is defending himself.

The Georgia Supreme Court briefly halted the trial proceedings on Monday due to number of motions surrounding the case. Ga. Supreme Court spokesperson Jane Hansen issued a statement saying:

Accused cop killer Jamie Hood talks about case


ATHENS, Ga. – The man accused of killing an Athens police officer is talking to 11Alive about the case.

Jamie Hood is accused of fatally shooting Athens-Clarke County Senior Police Officer "Buddy" Christian and injuring SPO Tony Howard in March 2011.

Hood, who confessed to the shootings to 11Alive reporters Doug Richards and Jerry Carnes back in 2011, called 11Alive's Valerie Hoff to talk about his case.

"It's police brutality and it's police misconduct that led to this police shooting incident and they don't want nobody to know about it," Hood said.

Hood said that dash cam video allegedly shows police harming him before the shooting.

Athens man charged with sexually assaulting preteen


ATHENS, Ga. -- An Athens man is behind bars in Clarke County after being accused of sexually assaulting a young girl.

The assault was reported early Tuesday afternoon. Investigators said the victim is 12 years old.

Bobby Louis Smith, 53, was arrested and charged with sexual battery. He is being held in the Clarke County Jail.

Smith's relationship to the victim was not immediately known.

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Jury selection begins for accused cop killer Jamie Hood


ATHENS, Ga. – Jury selection began Monday in the trial for an Athens man accused of killing a police officer during a traffic stop in March 2011.

Jamie Hood is accused of fatally shooting Athens-Clarke County Senior Police Officer Elmer "Buddy" Christian and injuring SPO Tony Howard. Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty.

Hood was in court last Wednesday to discuss evidence in the case. Hood asked the prosecution to share more of its evidence with him, specifically Christian's personnel records.

WATCH | Attorney Page Pate discusses the trial