Shooter to rep­re­sent him­self

The Myanmar Times - - World -

A US fed­eral judge granted self­de­scribed white su­prem­a­cist Dy­lann Roof’s re­quest to rep­re­sent him­self at trial on charges of gun­ning down nine African Amer­i­can church­go­ers last year in South Carolina.

US dis­trict judge Richard Gergel’s rul­ing means that Roof, 22, could cross-ex­am­ine sur­vivors and fam­ily mem­bers of those he mowed down in June 2015 dur­ing a Bi­ble study class at the his­toric “Mother Em­manuel” black church in Charleston.

Pros­e­cu­tors are seek­ing to put Mr Roof to death, and have re­fused to ac­cept his of­fer to plead guilty to the 33 fed­eral charges against him – in­clud­ing hate crime vi­o­la­tions that could carry the death penalty – in ex­change for a life sen­tence.

Mr Roof is also fac­ing state mur­der charges in South Carolina and faces the death penalty for his al­legedly racially-mo­ti­vated at­tack.

The case got un­der way ear­lier this month, but had to be post­poned while the court de­ter­mined whether Mr Roof was men­tally com­pe­tent to stand trial. –

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