Dylann Roof: 'There's nothing wrong with me psychologically'
- Author: Rogelio Becker Jan 06, 2017,
Jan 06, 2017, 0:39
"I am not sorry", Roof wrote.
He addressed the court for less than three minutes, stating, "I do not regret what I did, I am not sorry, I have not shed a tear for the innocent people I killed".
Six weeks after Roof's arrest in June 2015, jailers discovered Roof's journal, prosecuting attorney Nathan Williams told jurors.
The same jury last month found Roof guilty of 33 federal counts of hate crimes resulting in death, obstruction of religion and firearms charges.
Dylann Roof, convicted of killing nine people in a Charleston, South Carolina church, told jurors there is nothing wrong with him psychologically and he has no regrets about what he did.
Roof, who expressed more concern with how others perceive his psychological wellness than with his guilt or sentencing, chose to represent himself during the sentencing phase on Wednesday. That trial is now in its penalty phase, which just resumed Wednesday after a break from the holidays and a second competency evaluation hearing for Roof.
She did not say whether she thought Roof should be executed or sentenced to life in prison without parole.
"I would ask you to forget all of that", Roof said in a short statement, speaking quietly as he occasionally glanced at notes. Prosecutors said they might bring forward up to 38 people to testify, probably less.
During the sentencing phase for the SC man convicted of killing nine at a black church in 2015, federal prosecutors revealed he is capable of feeling remorse. U.S. District Judge Richard Gergel has said several times that he thinks that number could possibly be pared down or testimony could otherwise be consolidated.
"I am guilty", he said.
Lauren Knapp of the Charleston County Sheriff's Office says Roof was put on suicide watch after she intercepted a letter he'd written to his mother.
Survivors of the Charleston church shooting and relatives of the victims were testifying on Thursday as prosecutors aimed to portray the emotional devastation Dylann Roof inflicted on the entire community. Quarles picked up her phone, checked Facebook and learned of the shooting - and her mother's likely fate.
Pinckney, who had come from humble origins, was respected by other senators, but also took pains to know the legislative pages and befriend them, Malloy said.
On a call to 911 played in court, the daughter can be heard asking her mother, "daddy's dead?"
Some family members of victims have appeared torn over whether Roof should be sentenced to death. In the motion he filed on Thursday, Roof argued that because he was not presenting any evidence, the "victim-impact evidence will take over the whole sentencing trial and guarantee that I get the death penalty".
Anthony Thompson, whose wife of sixteen years, Myra Thompson, was killed in the massacre, openly wept.