Convicted Felon On Trial For Shooting, Killing Police Officers Claims He Was Acting In Self Defense

Posted on October 9, 2012


Georgia (David Ibata-Altanta Journal-Constitution) – A man on trial for shooting to death two off-duty DeKalb County police officers took the witness stand in his defense Monday, apologizing to the officers’ families but continuing to maintain he acted in self-defense.

William Woodard is charged with murder in the Jan.16, 2008 deaths of Officers Eric Barker and Ricky Bryant.

William Woodard

The 34-year-old defendant faces the death sentence for double counts of malice murder, felony murder, aggravated assault and possession of a gun by a convicted felon. Woodard has pleaded not guilty to the charges.

“I want to clear up and say sorry to the Barker family and the Bryant family,” Woodard told a DeKalb County jury on Tuesday as the victims’ families watched from the audience.

According to Channel 2 Action News coverage of the trial, Woodard expressed remorse to the families for the officers’ death, saying,“I can understand and feel their pain, but at the same time this matter happened in a self-defense matter.”

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