Dylann Roof to represent himself during church shootings trial

Dylann Roof
Dylann Roof

CHARLESTON (WSPA) – The judge in the Dylann Roof federal trial has granted him the right to defend himself in the for the killing of nine people at a church.

The judge granted the request at the start of court proceedings Monday morning according to Ashley Rae Yost of our sister station, WCBD-TV. Roof will sit in the lead council chair with defense lawyers also at the table to help if needed.

Yost reports the judge asked Roof a large number of questions to make sure he understands the serious nature of the decision to defend himself. Roof answered that he did understand.

Jury selection is resuming Monday in the case of the man charged with shooting to death nine black parishioners at a church in Charleston last year.

The judge halted jury selection on November 7 to hear testimony as to whether Roof was competent to stand trial. The judge ruled Friday he had the ability to understand the case against him.

This is one of two cases Roof must face in the killings.

Portions of an Associated Press story were used in this report

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