A jury found William Woodard guilty Oct. 12 of murdering two DeKalb County Police officers while they were working off-duty security at an apartment complex in 2008.
Woodard admitted to shooting the officers but claimed he did it in self-defense after the officers pulled him out of a car and began beating and shooting at him.
Woodard previously turned down a deal for life in prison without parole. He now faces the death penalty.
According to prosecutors, Woodard, 34, shot DeKalb County Police officers Eric Barker, 34, and Ricky Bryant Jr., 26, while they were working at Glenwood Gardens Apartments. The officers approached a vehicle in the apartment parking lot and Woodard got out of the car and began shooting.
Police said Woodard shot Barker in the head and Bryant in the torso and drove away.
Both Barker and Bryant were married with four children. DeKalb County District Attorney Robert James argued that Woodard, a three-time convicted felon, didn’t want to go back to jail.
Defense attorneys argued that Barker and Bryant were “bullies with a badge” and accused both officers of “shaking down” residents and lying about owning a private security company.
Defense attorney Dwight Thomas also said the DeKalb County Police Department of manipulated evidence at the crime scene.
During the trial, both sides presented evidence, including ballistics experts and eyewitness testimony, as well as 911 recordings made the night of the shooting.
A spokesman from the district attorney’s office said a sentencing date has not yet been set.