A man who admitted to killing one officer and wounding another was back in court today, but just like in every other hearing, Jamie Hood was so disruptive, the judge threw him out of the courtroom.
Jamie Hood kept demanding new lawyers in his death penalty case.
His current defense team is arguing that he is psychologically incompetent to stand trial. That strategy could save his life, but Hood does not want to rely on that defense.
"You put me in the newspapers, I'm mentally incompetent, victim of child abuse, that's unlawful. That's immoral," Hood complained to his court-appointed lawyers before his hearing began.
"I'm not running from trial. I don't want to come in and plead I'm mentally incompetent when I'm not," Hood declared angrily.
Hood has admitted that he killed Athens-Clarke County officer Buddy Christian and wounded officer Tony Howard in March, 2011.
Hood grew combative and he demanded time to speak as he did in each of his previous hearings.
"The only thing I ask for is fundamental facts. Officer Christian and his family deserve that," Hood said.
"Mr. Hood, I'm not going to let you make these unending statements," Judge David Sweat exclaimed as he tried to regain order in the courtroom.
Sweat told Hood he could stay if he did not disrupt the proceedings.
"I do urge you to be patient and listen," Sweat said.
Hood would not listen and Sweat ordered deputies to remove Hood from the courtroom.
The judge let him back in later, but Hood again grew restless and talked continuously throughout the hearing, prompting the judge to remove Hood again.
"Do you wish to be present? Because we're going to take up some motions," Sweat said.
"I wish not to be present that would be fine," Hood responded.
Hood was removed from the courtroom again, but the judge allowed Hood to return.
Throughout the hearing, Hood continued sensationalist claims about the process of the court proceeding, at times comparing himself to a rape victim, other times saying the wounded officer was ultimately responsible for Christian's death.
"I know that Tony Howard and his police brutality led me to shoot and innocent man. I never seen him before in my life," Hood said.
The judge warned Hood not to say anything that could damage his defense and ended the hearing, telling Hood his comments were not relevant to the case.
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