Judge allows Dylann Roof to rehire lawyers, for now
CHARLESTON | A federal judge agreed Monday to let a white man accused of fatally shooting nine black parishioners rehire his attorneys until a verdict is reached, but to remain his own lawyer if he is found guilty and the trial moves into a penalty phase.
The decision by U.S. District Judge Richard Gergel ended a week of Dylann
Roof acting as his own lawyer in his death penalty trial. Mr. Roof wrote the judge a note with his request over the weekend. It is unclear why Mr. Roof, 22, is so determined to keep the lawyers out of the penalty phase.
In their own motion Friday asking Judge Gergel to order Mr. Roof to hire them back, they suggested there is something embarrassing about Mr. Roof that he is afraid they might use to try to spare his life. They did not elaborate.