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Hood found competent to stand trial

By The Associated Press
ATHENS - A judge has ruled that a man accused of killing one police officer and wounding another in Athens is competent to stand trial.

Clarke County Superior Court Judge David Sweat made the ruling Tuesday after hearing testimony from a single witness, a state psychologist who evaluated suspect Jamie Hood.

Hood is charged with killing police officer Elmer "Buddy" Christian III and wounding Tony Howard in March 2011.

Karen Bailey-Smith, director of forensic services for the Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities, testified Tuesday that Hood not only is competent but has demonstrated an above-average appreciation of how the court system operates.

At one point during the hearing, Hood's attorney asked to testify on his behalf, telling the judge they believe their client is incompetent.

The D.A. countered, saying that Hood's defense team is trying to delay the trial.

Hood faces the death penalty if convicted.
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