Dylann Roof’s first death sentence appeal for shooting and killing nine people in a Charleston church was rejected on Wednesday. According to the Associated Press, U.S. District Judge Richard Gergel ordered the release of Roof’s psychological records (hundreds of pages worth) on the same day.
In those documents, according to the AP, include Roof’s insistence that he would rather die than have an autism diagnosis made public. His attorneys thought that the mass shooter did suspect that he was autistic, according to The State. Roof also wanted a federal trial so that his picture — and what he calls his unusually large forehead — would be kept off television.
In his first appeal, the 23-year-old white supremacist argued that his crime didn’t fit the definition of interstate commerce because he bought the gun and bullets in South Carolina and did not travel out-of-state to the church. But, Judge Gergel ruled that Roof the bullets and gun were manufactured in a different state. Roof is expected to file additional appeals.
The released psychological documents show how little Roof thought of his victims. He told a psychologist that no one would have paid attention if he killed black criminals, hence why he sought out black worshippers at a church.
“Why would I be sorry for what I planned and did?” Roof told the psychologist, according to the document. “You don’t feel sorry for people that you don’t identify with.”
Roof also told his lawyers and psychologists that he expected white supremacists to take over the U.S. within several years. He believes that those white supremacists will pardon him for the killings in addition to making Roof the governor of South Carolina. Though during a November competency hearing, Roof told his lawyer there was a less than half a percent chance of that happening.
According to the AP, Roof has kept his bowl-shaped haircut because he felt his forehead was too large. He was very anxious about the idea of television cameras focusing on his head.
“He did not want the television camera trained on his face and his forehead for the public and the world to see,” Roof’s lawyer said. “He could not tolerate the anxiety and distress that that causes. He is on a different planet from the rest of us.”
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