Roof at­tor­neys now say they will call wit­nesses dur­ing trial

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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.

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