By Harriet McLeod
CHARLESTON, S.C. (Reuters) – White supremacist Dylann Roof on Monday stood by his oath not to attest or call any witnesses who competence convince jurors not to judgment him to genocide for murdering 9 black parishioners during a church in Charleston, South Carolina, in Jun 2015.
That leaves jurors determining his predestine to cruise usually a justification offering by U.S. prosecutors, including 4 days of touching testimony from some-more than 20 family and friends of a victims, who recounted a lives of their desired ones, ages 26 to 87, and a impact of their deaths.
Roof is representing himself. The jury final month found him guilty of 33 depends of sovereign hatred crimes ensuing in death, deterrent of sacrament and firearms charges for a electrocute during a Bible investigate assembly during a ancestral Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church.
Deliberations about either Roof should be put to genocide or sent to jail for life were scheduled to start on Tuesday.
U.S. District Judge Richard Gergel denied Roof’s ask that a decider confirm his judgment rather than a jury.
Earlier Monday, sovereign prosecutors complacent their box in a chastisement proviso after several family members spoke about Tywanza Sanders, 26, who according to conference testimony told a gunman, “You don’t have to do this” before he was shot during slightest 5 times.
Sanders was ambitious, dynamic and headstrong, his sister, Shirrene Goss, said.
“He was not aroused to try anything and not aroused to contend what was on his mind,” she said.
At a time of his death, a college connoisseur – who was a youngest of a victims, had been scheming to pierce to Florida to investigate audio engineering, pronounced his mother, Felicia Sanders, one of 3 survivors of a shooting.
“The hardest thing was when (the school) called to contend ‘Where’s Tywanza Sanders? He didn’t uncover adult during class,'” his mom told jurors. “And my father had to contend ‘He died, he can’t come, he’s no longer with us.'”
Roof did not ask questions of witnesses. He occasionally objected to a government’s justification detailing his representation and miss of remorse, including a extremist declaration created from his jail dungeon after his arrest.
He told jurors in an opening matter final week that he was portion as his possess counsel to forestall their conference sum about his mental health.
The lawyers who represented him during a trial’s shame proviso pronounced Roof’s plan valid he was not fit to paint himself. However, Gergel twice ruled Roof competent.
(Writing by Colleen Jenkins; Editing by Jonathan Oatis)
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