Dylann Roof Will Be His Own Attorney In Charleston Shooting Trial
Things are getting weirder and weirder when it comes to the impending trial of Dylann Roof.
After being found competent by U.S. District Court Judge Richard Gergel, the main suspect from the Charleston church shooting back in June 2015 has taken it upon himself to represent himself as his own legal counsel. Roof filed a motion Sunday asking to dismiss his counsel, and argued in court Monday that he wants to represent himself in court, according to WISTV.
Judge Gergel advised that this might not be the wisest decision to do, but still accepted Roof’s request. The judge had also delayed the final jury pool process on Nov. 7 when Roof’s lawyers suggested their client either didn’t understand the charges against him or couldn’t properly help them with his defense. Neither attorney attempted to explain what led them to question Roof’s mental fitness for trial.
Roof, 22, is the lone suspect for the fatal shootings of nine church parishioners and faces the death penalty in the likely event that he’s convicted.
This is a still developing story, so stay tuned as we continue to follow it.
H/T: CBS News