Waseem Daker spent more than a decade in prison for stalking a woman who he will soon question in court.
A judge will allow Daker to represent himself in court, as he is charged with the 1995 murder of a flight attendant in Cobb County. That means Daker will soon cross-examine the victim's roommate, the woman he was convicted of stalking.
Opening statements were given on Wednesday.
"I don't think that the evidence in this case is going to show who killed Karmen Smith," Daker told the court, "but I do think it's going to show that I did not."
Waseem Daker faces life in prison. He was always a suspect, but he wasn't charged until DNA testing in 2009 linked him to the crime scene.
Daker said the evidence in the case will mostly be centered on making him "seem like a bad guy."
"The evidence will show that Mr. Daker is a cold-blooded killer," prosecutor Jesse Evans stated during his opening statements. He insists the evidence is "proof positive that the defendant is, in fact, Karmen Smith's killer."
There have been many delays in the case even after Daker was finally charged with murder.
Opening statements were expected on Tuesday. That changed when Daker told the judge he wanted to fire his public defenders and represent himself.
Daker had burned through two defense teams already.