Accused Athens cop killer wants jury from Metro Atlanta - CBS46 News

Accused Athens cop killer wants jury from Metro Atlanta

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Jamie Hood Jamie Hood
ATHENS-CLARKE COUNTY (CBS46) -

Jamie Hood is facing the death penalty and on Thursday he sat alone to face prosecutors.

Hood got his wish. Athens-Clarke County Judge Patrick Haggard is allowing Hood to represent himself.

His first attempt at it came in the hearing for the final two motions the judge will rule on before Hood's trial begins.

One of things Hood wants is a change of venue.

"If I am going to have a trial here in Athens-Clarke County I do have some concerns as far as security concerns," said Hood.

Hood is accused of the March 2011 slaying of Athens-Clarke County Senior Officer Elmer "Buddy" Christian, III and the attempted murder of Officer Tony Howard.

"I felt like the Christian family, I don't want to put them through no more hardship than anybody else because the case had been dragged on so long," said Hood.

For that reason, Hood said he will agree to keep the trial in Athens-Clarke County, but he wants the jury to come from Metro Atlanta. He specifically named DeKalb or Fulton County.

"It's a capital case I feel like a capitol jury should hear it. We have people from all walks of life in the capitol city," said Hood.

District Attorney Ken Mauldin agreed with Hood.

"It's our position that while a jury should be selected in another county, that the trial should be in this county once a jury is selected out of a different county," said Mauldin.

Hood is also accused of killing a man in 2010. He wants that charge dismissed.

"The whole case come off hearsay from people who are no better than me," said Hood.

The judge said he will issue his decision in a week.

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