Dylann Roof, the White supremacist convicted of killing nine Black parishioners during bible study at Emanuel AME Church in June 2015, has decided to forgo calling any witnesses or produce any evidence in his defense during the upcoming penalty phase, according to The Post and Courier.
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Roof, 22, announced his decision during a Wednesday morning hearing in front of U.S. Federal Judge Richard Gergel, who presides over the trial.
Roof also refused to allow any medical experts to testify in regards to his wellness, because he believes psychology is a “Jewish invention.”
“‘It is a Jewish invention and does nothing but invent diseases and tell people they have problems when they don’t,’ Roof wrote in a journal that was retrieved by investigators,” according to The Hill.
During the hearing, Roof re-affirmed his intentions to represent himself during the penalty phase––to which Gergel replied, “You know my feeling on this. I think it’s a bad idea.”
The Post and Courier reports Gergel will give Roof until the beginning of the penalty hearing to speak with his grandfather and former counsel before accepting the decision. Sentencing proceedings will resume on January 3.
The jury is expected to hear from both sides before making the decision between passing down a death sentence or life in prison. According to The Post, Assistant U.S. Attorney Jay Richardson told Judge Gergel the prosecution holds a list of more than 30 potential witnesses, and discussed plans to call forth the lead FBI agent assigned to the investigation.
Roof was convicted of 33 federal counts on December 15. He will also stand trial for murder in state court.
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20 Pictures That Show The Powerful Resilience Of Charleston's Mother Emanuel AME Church
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1. Mother Emanuel AME Church held its first service since the shooting death of nine African-American church members on June 17.
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2. People line up to enter for Sunday service at the Emanuel AME Church.
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3. Two children wait to enter the Emanuel AME Church June 21, 2015 in Charleston, South Carolina.
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4. A member of the church is seen outside of Emanuel AME before its first service since the Charleston shooting.
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5. A Charleston County sheriff's deputy checks bags as people line up to enter for Sunday service at the Emanuel AME Church.
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6. Gloria Moore watches the church as parishioners take their seats at the Emanuel AME Church.
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7. A woman prays as she attends the Sunday service outside of the Emanuel AME Church.
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8. People pray and listen to the Sunday service outside of the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina.
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9. Parishioners sit at Emanuel AME Church four days after a mass shooting that claimed the lives of its pastor and eight others.
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10. The Rev. Norvel Goff, right, prays at the empty seat of the Rev. Clementa Pinckney.
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11. South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, R-S.C., embraces U.S. Sen Tim Scott, R-S.C., at Emanuel AME Church.
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12. A parishioner prays at the empty seat of the Rev. Clementa Pinckney at the Emanuel AME Church.
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13. The congregation departs following Sunday services at the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina.
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14. A family is seen leaving Emanuel AME Church following Sunday services.
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15. People embrace as they depart the Emanuel AME Church following Sunday services.
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16. Church members comfort one another after Emanuel's first service since the Charleston shooting.
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17. Church members comfort one another outside of Emanuel.
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18. A mother and son surround a memorial for the nine church members killed during the Charleston shooting.
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19. Charleston natives comfort each other during the church's first service since the shooting on June 17.
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20. Activist DeRay McKesson is seen outside of Emanuel AME church.
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