CHARLESTON, S. C. – The Latest on the federal death penalty trial of Dylann Roof, accused of the killing of nine black people during a South Carolina, church, bible, Bible study (all times are local):
Dylann Roof has told a court that he intends to call no witnesses and present no evidence to try to convince a jury to spare his life for killing nine black Charleston church and to the faithful in a hate crime.
Roof told U. S. District Judge Richard Gergel at a hearing Wednesday he still plans to act as his own lawyer as the punishment phase of his federal death penalty trial starts next week Tuesday.
Gergel told the Roof to talk with his grandfather, who is a lawyer, and the other members of the family one last time. He says the Roof can change his mind and back to bring his lawyers to the opening of accounts next week.
There was also an argument of the Roof on the mystery evidence, such as a photo, prosecutors want to show, and videos of jailhouse visits. Details were not given in court.
Dylann Roof can soon show how hard he intends to fight to save his life as prosecutors seek the death penalty for the killing of nine black believers in a hate crime at a Charleston church.
A judge planned a hearing Wednesday in the federal district court to hear motions before the punishment phase in the Roof of the trial starts next week.
The roof is now acting as his own lawyer after the release of his defense attorneys, after a jury convicted him of 33 counts of hate crimes and obstruction of justice earlier this month.
Roof-lawyers say they think he will save them, because they wanted to present what Roof thought was painful evidence to look to the jury to spare his life.