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Expert says cop killer's self-defense claim is valid

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Closing arguments are expected Wednesday morning in the trial of a man accused of killing two DeKalb County police officers.

On Tuesday, a paid expert for the defense testified that William Woodard, 31, is telling the truth when he says he fired the shots after the officers threw him to the ground and started beating him.

Woodard admits that he fatally shot Officers Ricky Bryant and Eric Barker in the parking lot of a DeKalb County apartment complex on January 16, 2008, but he claims he acted in self-defense.

"Mr. Woodard was thrown to the ground on his left side," Robinson said, demonstrating for jurors how he believes Woodard managed to pull his gun from his waistband while lying on his stomach, firing three times at Officer Barker and then turning his gun toward Officer Bryant, shooting him three times.

Prosecutors painted a very different picture for the jury. They called to the stand eyewitnesses who said they saw Woodard standing as he pulled the trigger.

The medical examiner testified that Woodard then fired more shots at the officers after they fell to the ground. 

Jurors could begin deliberating the case Wednesday afternoon.

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