As Twitchy reported, a jury on Dec. 15 convicted Dylann Roof on all 33 counts in the federal indictment against him in connection with the 2015 massacre of nine worshippers at Emanuel A.M.E. Church in Charleston.
The penalty phase gets underway Tuesday, and Roof, who chose to represent himself at trial, doesn’t seem to be doing anything to avoid execution. He has said he will neither call witnesses nor present evidence.
Church shooter Dylann Roof won’t call witnesses or present evidence in punishment phase of his death penalty trial: https://t.co/4We0lFmI7x
— WDTN (@WDTN) December 28, 2016
White supremacist Dylann Roof faces the death penalty, but doesn't plan to say anything in his own defence https://t.co/WWkxcCWQz5
— TheJournal.ie (@thejournal_ie) December 28, 2016
BREAKING: Dylann Roof tells judge he won't call witnesses or present evidence to try to spare his life for church massacre.
— The Associated Press (@AP) December 28, 2016
dude must be eager to get to hell
— na (@onlinerailbird) December 28, 2016
Jeffrey Collins of the Associated Press notes that Roof, against the recommendation of defense attorneys, will not call mental health experts to testify on his behalf either, having written in a journal that he believes psychology is “a Jewish invention” that “does nothing but invent diseases.”
Roof has also asked the judge not to release to the jury several things that were presented in closed hearings, including videotaped interviews and statements made by his mother. In short, it appears he’ll make no effort to talk his way out of the death penalty.
The public is divided over which is worse — death, or life in prison — and is hoping for whichever option is more painful in the long run.
don't give him the death penalty he clearly wants it too much and doesn't deserve something he wants
— jordan (@higherxjacob) December 28, 2016
He wants to be a martyr. Deny him. Life in solitary without the possibility of parole.
— Squirrel (@Squirrel3218) December 28, 2016
He likely wants the DP to die a martyr. He needs to slowly rot away in prison. The death penalty can actually deny true justice.
— Hypocrisy Hunter (@PogMoThoinTrump) December 28, 2016
.@AP Roof want's to be a white supremacist martyr. Let him rot in prison w/ life sentence, no parole.
— Old_ResistFascists (@WhizChem) December 28, 2016
Let him be tortured in jail every day for the rest of his life.
— K. (@TAB2RD) December 28, 2016
@RevJJackson this is a ploy kill him and be done with it.
— KushJudah (@KushJudah) December 28, 2016
can they just shoot him in court now?
— bugsemgee (@bugsemgee) December 28, 2016