Convicted mass murderer Dylann Roof offered no apologies for his crimes, and insisted he is of sound mind during the sentencing phase of his death-penalty trial Wednesday morning. An avowed white supremacist, Roof was convicted last month for the cold-blooded killing of nine black parishioners of the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church Mass in Charleston on June 17, 2015.
Roof is representing himself during the sentencing phase. “I’m not going to lie to you," he said to the jury. “There’s nothing wrong with me psychologically.” Roof had previously said that he believes psychology is "a Jewish invention" and U.S. District Judge Richard Gergel ruled Roof competent to stand trial.
Prosecutor’s say they may call over 30 witnesses as they seek the death penalty for Roof. Prosecutor Nathan Williams asserted Roof killed his victims “because of the color of their skin,” and introduced excerpts from a jailhouse journal written by him six weeks after the killings. In it, Roof writes, “I would like to make it crystal clear I do not regret what I did,” adding, “I am not sorry. I have not shed a tear for the innocent people I killed.” [Source: The New York Times]
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