Roof attorneys now say they will call witnesses during trial
CHARLESTON | Attorneys for the man accused of slaying nine black people during a Bible study at a South Carolina church said Tuesday they plan to call witnesses in his defense after all.
Last week, David Bruck had said he
didn’t plan to put up much of a defense of Dylann Roof, saying the facts of the case are largely undisputed. But before jurors returned to court Tuesday, Mr. Bruck told U.S. District Judge Richard Gergel he planned to call “several” witnesses. He did not specify who.
Mr. Roof, who is white, faces 33 federal charges, including hate crimes and obstruction of the practice of religion. His attorneys have said repeatedly in federal and state court that their 22-year-old client is willing to plead guilty if capital punishment is taken off the table, but prosecutors have refused.