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With guilty verdict, Roof contingency now demeanour to sentencing

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Polly Sheppard testified as a final declare offering by a charge in a Dylann Roof trial. Listen to partial of her chilling 911 call that played in a courtroom for a jury.
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CHARLESTON, S.C. — With a preference to crook Dylann Roof in a deaths of 9 African-American parishioners during Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, sovereign jurors contingency now cruise if he should face a judgment of life seizure or execution.

The row will mangle until Jan. 3, when a justice will resume for a second proviso of a trial.

Witnesses for prosecutors, who have argued Roof spent months premeditating a iniquitous crime, are approaching to embody family members of a “Emanuel Nine” as good as a dual flourishing adult members of a attack.

Roof, 22, has inaugurated to paint himself during sentencing, a pierce that strips his top-flight invulnerability group of decision-making powers. Capital defenders David Bruck and Kimberly C. Stevens will be means to advise Roof in court, though will have little, if any, ability to residence a judge, record motions and doubt witnesses.

Months ago, that group had indicated in justice papers that it would benefaction justification that Roof suffers from a mental forsake or identical condition.

That testimony, typically offering in a sentencing proviso of a trial, would come by approach of mental health experts who have evaluated a defendant, mostly with observations of family and friends who competence pronounce to his demeanor.

While Roof appears to say a considerate attribute with his invulnerability team, a difference over sentencing could branch from his faith that he is not mentally ill, experts in genocide chastisement lawsuit have said.

Roof, in a handwritten biography penned in a months before a shootings, remarkable that he has no use for mental health experts.

“Also we wish to state that we am implicitly opposite to psychology,” he wrote. “It is a Jewish invention, and does zero though invent diseases and tell people they have problems when they don’t.”

U.S. District Court Judge Richard Gergel postulated Roof’s suit to paint himself, anticipating that he is intelligent and competent, though called a preference “strategically unwise.”

Gergel has indicated regularly in justice that he would concede Roof to again be represented by counsel, should he select to change course.

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