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Accused cop killer's girlfriend gets reward money

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The ex-girlfriend of the man accused of shooting to death two DeKalb County police officers has already received $20,000 in reward money for turning him in, and she will get even more if he's convicted.

Jurusha Tucker testified Tuesday in the death penalty trial of William Woodard, 31. She wept, being in the same room with the man she once dated.

"I'm sorry," said Tucker.

"What are you sorry for?" asked prosecutor Don Geary.

"For what I did," she said.

"What is that?" Geary asked.

"Turning him in for money," Tucker answered.

Woodward is accused of shooting to death officers Ricky Bryant, Jr. and Eric Barker on Jan. 16, 2008, as the two worked side jobs as security officers for a DeKalb County apartment complex.

Tucker testified that Woodard had talked in the past about holding "street court," saying he didn't want to go back to jail.

Tucker acknowledged that if Woodard is found guilty, she will receive $40,000 more in reward money.

Earlier Tuesday, Woodard's attorney, Dwight Thomas, told jurors during opening statements that his client acted in self-defense when he fired the shots. Thomas said Woodard will testify that he didn't believe the men were real police officers when they pulled him out of the car and threw him to the ground.

Testimony continues Wednesday.

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