Dylann Roof won't submit evidence to spare life

2016-12-29 07:42
A 2015 photo of Dylann Roof. (Chuck Burton, AP File)

A 2015 photo of Dylann Roof. (Chuck Burton, AP File)

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Charleston - Dylann Roof has told a judge he plans on calling no witnesses and presenting no evidence to try to convince a jury to spare his life for killing nine black Charleston church worshippers in a hate crime.

Roof told US District Judge Richard Gergel at a hearing on Wednesday he still plans to act as his own lawyer when the penalty phase of his federal death penalty trial begins next Tuesday.

Gergel told Roof to talk to his grandfather, who is a lawyer, and other family members one last time. He says Roof can change his mind and bring back his attorneys up until opening statements next week.

There also was argument from Roof about mystery evidence, like a photograph prosecutors want to show and video from jailhouse visits. Specifics were not given in court.

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