A white supremacist who killed nine black worshippers in a church in SC will offer no evidence to spare his own life at a hearing.
"At this point I'm not intending to offer any evidence at all or call any witnesses", Roof said addressing Judge Richard Gergel of U.S. District Court, adding he made the statement for the benefit of federal prosecutors who are pursuing the death penalty against him. Instead, his only request was that prosecutors not be allowed to use some of their evidence against him, although it's now unclear exactly what he was referring to.
The white supremacist found guilty of murdering nine black people in a Charleston church has declared he will not present any evidence or call witnesses as his punishment is decided.
Regardless, we just hope the nine innocent victims and their families get justice in the end. He requested that Roof at least speak with his former attorneys and his grandfather, a respected Columbia lawyer, before reaching a final decision.
Gergel will allow Roof to reverse course on self-representation up until the sentencing phase begins.
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Courts typically make public the competency hearings after a criminal proceeding has closed, Gergel said. The 33 federal counts against Roof included hate crimes resulting in death and obstruction of exercise of religion resulting in death.
Dylann Roof told a judge he plans on calling no witnesses when jurors decide next week decide whether he will face life in prison or the death penalty. Also, they also plan to call the lead Federal Bureau of Investigation case agent.
In earlier phases of the trial, Roof briefly acted as his own representation.
Prior to the shooting at the church, Roof posted photos of himself online holding weapons, and wearing or holding white supremacy imagery. A pending state death-penalty case against Roof. complicates if and when that information might be released.