Barrow County Sheriff Jud Smith disclosed today that the suspect in the March 22 killing of an Athens-Clarke County police officer is being housed in the Barrow County Detention Center.
After his dramatic arrest on live television, 33-year-old Jamie Hood initially was incarcerated in the Irwin County Detention Center.
“Clarke County did not want to house him,” Smith said. “They wanted to dispel any rumors of retaliation against him.”
He was relocated to the Barrow facility on March 30 to provide easier access for investigators and his defense attorney.
Since his arrival six days ago Hood has been isolated from other county prisoners, who do not know he is there, the sheriff said.
“He has been allowed to come out from solitary and stretch,” he said.
Hood has not made any unusual requests and has exhibited a calm demeanor, the sheriff added.
The Athens man is accused of killing Athens-Clarke Senior Police Officer Elmer “Buddy” Christian and wounding Senior Police Officer Tony Howard on March 22. He then fled from the scene of the shooting and was the subject of an intense search until March 25, when he surrendered on live television with several hostages.