Jamie Hood Found Guilty in Murder of Police Officer

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ATHENS, Ga. — After deliberating for less than one full day, a jury found Jamie Hood guilty in the death of an Athens-Clarke County police officer.

Hood was found guilty in 36 of 70 counts, including charges in the March 22, 2011 fatal shooting of Athens-Clarke County Senior Police Elmer “Buddy” Christian and the wounding of Officer Tony Howard.

Hood, who represented himself in the trial, has admitted to shooting the officers, but claimed he did so in self-defense.

The trial spanned more than three weeks. Hood wrapped up his defense by standing the stand himself on Friday, and closing arguments were made on Saturday. The jury began deliberations on Monday. Just after 4:30 p.m., the jury announced they’d reached a verdict.

In addition to charges related to the death of Christian, including malice murder and felony murder, Hood was found guilty of killing suspected drug dealer Kenneth Omari Wray in December 2010. He was found guilty of attempted murder of Howard. He was also found guilty of carjacking and kidnapping Deborah Lumpkin, a bystander after the shootings.

Hood was found not guilty in several charges involving alleged hostages. He was also found not guilty of carjacking Judon Brooks. Hood had been accused of taking a number people hostage at gunpoint for several days as police searched for him. Hood argued that those people were his friends.

As the jury’s decision was read, Hood swiveled in his chair and showed little reaction.

Hood could face the death penalty. Both sides will be able to call witnesses to the stand. Hood reportedly has a list of 100 witnesses he’s planning to call.

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