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Accused Athens cop killer fired attorneys, will represent himself

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Athens-Clarke County Judge Patrick Hubbard granted Jamie Hood's wish to fire his public defenders Thursday.

"Do you understand that you may defend yourself ultimately to your own detriment?" Hubbard asked Hood.

"Yes," replied Hood.

Hood told the judge he represented himself in a civil or criminal case before.

Haggard granted Hood's wish after a private hearing with Hood and his attorneys.

"Do you understand if convicted you cannot complain about incompetent representation while you are representing yourself?" Hubbard asked.

Hood replied, "yes!"

Hood faces the death penalty. He's accused of killing Athens-Clark County Officer Elmer "Buddy" Christian and shooting Officer Tony Howard.

The shootings happened in March 2011.

Hood was on the run after the shootings. Police finally cornered him in an apartment with hostages.

After some time Hood surrendered.

He was in court Thursday because a grand jury re-indicted him. The district attorney sought the new indictment because a month after Hood's initial indictment, state law changed in regards to jury selection.

"Have you read and understand all the charges in the 70-count indictment?" Hubbard asked Hood.

"Yes," said Hood.

Hood said he wants to represent himself because his public defenders don't believe he is competent to stand trial.

In January, the judge ruled Hood is competent.

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