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Accused Athens cop killer back in courtroom

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ATHENS, Ga. -

Accused cop killer Jamie Hood was back in an Athens courtroom on Tuesday as a judge was asked to consider key motions in the case.

One of the items the judge is to rule on is whether a videotape of Hood's interrogation will be admissible.

It's been two years since authorities charged Hood in the shooting death of Athens-Clarke County Officer Buddy Christian and wounding Officer Tony Howard.

Hood, well known for his courtroom antics, once again directed some of his anger at his attorney before the hearing began. Judge Patrick Haggard cleared the courtroom after Hood complained about his attorneys and the job they have done representing him.

The judge denied Hood's request to represent himself.

The hearing began shortly after Hood raised his concerns, and two of the arresting officers described a conversation they had with Hood inside the patrol vehicle while being transported downtown.  They said that Hood admitted to shooting Christian and Howard.

They also testified that Hood said he regretted killing Christian.

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