Church shooting defendant begins role as his own attorney
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.