Dylann Roof, the 22-year-old convicted of killing nine black parishioners at a church in Charleston, South Carolina, told a judge today he has "no plans whatsoever to call witnesses" during the sentencing phase of his federal trial, in which he could face the death penalty.
According to the report, Roof told a federal judge that he still plans to represent himself during the penalty phase of his trial, which is scheduled to begin January 3.
"As far as I know, I am not intending to offer any evidence at all or call any witnesses whatsoever", he told the judge.
Roof faces two trials in which the death penalty is an option, something considered almost unprecedented in the modern era.
Roof's attorneys have been allowed to remain in the courtroom for portions of his trial - including jury selection - but he has represented himself for the entirety of the actual trial. Gergel said of Roof's grandfather, who is a lawyer.
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Roof, a 22-year-old avowed white supremacist, was found guilty on December 15 on 33 charges of federal hate crimes resulting in death, obstruction of religion and firearms violations stemming from the June 2015 massacre of nine people at a historic black church.
While handcuffed and wearing a striped, white and gray jail jumpsuit, Roof addressed Gergel over several matters, including Roof's concern that parts of his mental competency hearing be made public. Survivors Polly Sheppard and Felicia Sanders, who testified during the guilt phase, are expected to testify again.
On Wednesday, he was in court for a scheduled hearing.
Prosecutor Jay Richardson says he could call more than 30 witnesses related to the victims, and that's not even counting a collection of other various witnesses that he might call. But his defense lawyers, hoping to spare him from execution, asked jurors to consider what factors had driven Roof to commit the act and suggested he might be delusional. Roof agreed to do so.