Church shoot­ing de­fen­dant be­gins role as his own at­tor­ney

Baltimore Sun - - NATION & WORLD -

CHARLESTON, S.C. — The white man pros­e­cu­tors ac­cuse of gun­ning down nine black parish­ioners in a bid to start a race war showed no signs of a racial agenda Tues­day, tak­ing a calm, busi­nesslike ap­proach to se­lect­ing a jury that would ul­ti­mately de­cide whether he’s put to death.

A judge ruled this week that Dy­lann Roof could be­gin rep­re­sent­ing him­self in his fed­eral trial for the June 2015 mass shoot­ing at a South Carolina church.

Roof sat in the lead chair at the de­fense ta­ble, wear­ing a striped jail uni­form but no hand­cuffs or shack­les

At times, Roof ob­jected to ju­ror can­di­dates, in­clud­ing one who an­swered dif­fer­ently on his ques­tion­naire than he did in court.

The judge dis­agreed, say­ing he thought the man had mis­un­der­stood the writ­ten ques­tions and seemed to be telling the truth in court.

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