Dylan Roof, who admitted to killing nine worshippers at an African-American church in South Carolina, is fighting for his life – but he still refuses to show any remorse for the racially-charged killings.
During Wednesday’s sentencing phase of Roof’s murder trial, which will determine whether Roof receives the death penalty for the killing spree, he addressed jurors who will determine his fate — essentially telling them to go ahead and give him the harshest penalty. Roof, who is representing himself, told the jury of 10 in a Charleston Federal District Court, “there’s nothing wrong with me psychologically.”
Roof told jurors he was representing himself because he did not want a court-appointed attorney to argue for a lesser sentence on the grounds that Roof was mentally ill. “It isn’t because of a mental illness I don’t want you to know about,” Roof said, according to a Mic reporter who is covering the trial. “It isn’t because I have a secret.”
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Jurors had previously heard excerpts from Roof’s jail cell journal, in which he wrote of having absolutely no remorse for the killings.
“I would like to make it crystal clear I do not regret what I did,” Mr. Roof wrote. “I am not sorry. I have not shed a tear for the innocent people I killed. I do feel sorry for the innocent white children forced to live in this sick country and I do feel sorry for the innocent white people that are killed daily at the hands of the lower race.”
Roof, who as his journal indicates is an avowed white supremacist, killed nine black churchgoers at a June 17, 2015 prayer service at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal church in Charleston, South Carolina. Roof bought the gun he used for massacre himself, with birthday money. A week before the killings, friends hid Roof’s gun from him after he threatened to hurt people at the College of Charleston. One of the friend’s girlfriends later convinced them to return the gun to Roof, as it was unsafe to have it in their home. The friends did not tell authorities about Roof’s threats until after the church shooting.
Photo: Charleston Police Department