In a terrorist, racial attack on Charleston’s historically black Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, killing nine people on June 17th last year, the shooter, Dylan Roof, will be making a statement during his trial on Wednesday.
Last month, Roof was found guilty on 33 counts of federal hate crimes for the racially motivated church shooting.
A jury in Charleston S.C found Dylann Roof guilty on 33 counts of federal hate crimes for the attack.
His sentence will either be execution or life in prison. Federal prosecutors are going for the death penalty, with an intent to call 38 witnesses and experts to the stand. Roof is expected to present himself in a statement on Wednesday during the trial.
US District Judge Richard Gergel approved the shooter’s request to serve as his own attorney.
Roof had killed nine people at the Emanuel African Church. He confessed on tape shortly after he was taken into custody that he had racial motivations for the terrorist attack, saying: “I am guilty. We all know I am guilty.”
Gergel, in knowledge of the danger of the defendant, laid out strict rules for Roof’s conduct while serving as his own counsel.
“In an order, the judge detailed how Roof can behave while in court,” Alexandra Olgin of South Carolina Public Radio reports. “He cannot approach witnesses, the jury or the bench and has to give opening statements from behind a podium.”
This is not the only trial Roof is facing with the possibility of capital punishment. “After the federal proceedings,” Debbie Elliot from NPR reports. “Roof is scheduled to be in state court early next year on murder charges that also carry the possibility of a death sentence.”