Dylann Roof Mugshot
Dylann Roof Mugshot

Dylann Roof Will Not Call Witnesses Or Present Evidence During Sentencing Trial

Dylann Roof Ruled Competent To Stand Trial For Charleston Church Shooting

The terroristDylann Roof, a white nationalist that brutally murdered nine black churchgoers in South Carolina will not call any witnesses or bring in any evidenceduring his sentencing trial. Roof faces either life imprisonment or the death penalty. The white supremacist Roof has waived the right to a lawyer and will be acting as his own legal counsel.When the trial resumes on January 3rd Roof will make an opening statement though remarked toJudge Richard Gergel of U.S. District Court,"At this point Im not intending to offer any evidence at all or call any witnesses." Roof also says he plans to make a closing statement. Roof's attack took place on June 17th, 2015 at the historically blackEmanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina. Roof entered the church and killednine churchgoers at bible study with the intent of starting a race war. The massacretook the life of asenior pastorand state senator Clementa C. Pinckney. In addition to the nine people killed, Roofinjuredanother. The 22-year-old white nationalistwas found guiltyon thirty three federal chargeswhich include:

Nine counts of violating the Hate Crime Act resulting in death

Nine counts of use of a firearm to commit murder during and in relation to a crime of violence

Nine counts of obstruction of exercise of religion resulting in death

Three counts of violating the Hate Crime Act involving an attempt to kill

Three counts of obstruction of exercise of religion involving an attempt to kill and use of a dangerous weapon

Roof became the first person in U.S. history to face a state and federal death penalty simultaneously.If you can stomach it, watch a video of Dylann Roof confessing to the murders below.

H/T: USA Today