ATHENS: Jamie Hood indicted on 70 counts in crime spree

6:03 PM, Jun 21, 2011   |    comments
Jamie Hood (Courtesy Athens-Clarke County Sheriff's Office)
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ATHENS, Ga. -- Jamie Hood, the accused gunman at the center of the shooting death of Athens police officer Elmer "Buddy" Christian in March, was indicted on 70 counts by a grand jury on Tuesday, including charges of malice murder in Christian's death and in a second death last December.

Police officers were searching for Hood on March 22 in an unrelated carjacking and kidnapping, when police stopped a red Chevy Suburban in Athens. Hood fled, shooting Athens Officer Tony Howard twice, and fatally shooting Christian while he was still in his patrol car.

Howard stayed on the run for three days before he was cornered in an Athens home where he held eight people hostage. Before 11Alive cameras and broadcast live on television, Hood surrendered to authorities on March 25.

The indictment released Tuesday includes 70 charges - among them malice murder and felony murder charges for the shooting death of Christian, as well as malice murder and felony murder charges in the December 2010 shooting death of Kenneth Wray.

Other charges include 11 counts of kidnapping, 10 counts of false imprisonment, 12 counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, 15 counts of possession of a firearm during commission of a crime, along with other charges.

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