Posted: Friday, October 26th 2012 at 6:18pm
Judge removed from case of Georgia officer killed
By The Associated Press
ATHENS - Jamie Hood, the man accused of killing an Athens police officer has been granted a request for a new judge.
Judge Lawton Stephens was removed Friday because of conflict of interest.
Clarke County Superior Court Judge David Sweat made the decision after a hearing in which witnesses testified that Stephens had a long-standing acquaintance with Athens-Clarke police officer Tony Howard, who was wounded in a March 2011 shooting.
Hood is charged with wounding Howard and killing police officer Elmer "Buddy" Christian III in the shooting. He faces the death penalty if convicted.
Howard's wife Shirlisa testified that shortly after her husband was taken to the hospital, Stephens arrived at an emergency room packed with fellow officers, friends and others concerned about the wounded officer.
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