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Government rests case against Dylann Roof in death penalty trial

 

Government rests case against Dylann Roof in death penalty trial
Government rests case against Dylann Roof in death penalty trial

Dylann Roof has not called any witnesses or defended himself during the sentencing phase of his trial.

(Chuck Burton/AP)

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

Monday, January 9, 2017, 11:30 AM

The government rested its case against Dylann Roof Monday as the jury prepared to hear closing remarks before deciding whether the racist South Carolina church shooter should be put to death.

Roof told U.S. District Judge Richard Gergel he wished to be heard following a brief recess, but it was unclear if he would deliver closing remarks.

The judge previously said he expects the jury to begin deliberating Tuesday.

Roof, 22, has acted as his own lawyer during the sentencing phase of his trial for shooting nine black parishioners at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston in June 2015. He has not put on a defense or called any witnesses.

Last month, the same jury found him guilty on all 33 counts stemming from the racially motivated massacre.

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