Convicted Charleston church shooter Dylann Roof spoke to the jury for the first time at his death penalty trial on Wednesday, telling them that there was nothing wrong with him psychologically and that he was not trying to keep any secrets from them.
He did not ask jurors to spare him from the death penalty.
The jury last month unanimously found Roof guilty of murder, hate crimes and other charges in the shooting deaths of nine black church members during Bible study. The jurors will now decide whether he should be sentenced to life in prison or death.
“My opening statement is going to seem a little bit out of place,” the soft-spoken 22-year-old white man said calmly as he stood in front of a podium, occasionally glancing at notes. “I am not going to lie to you ... Other than the fact that I trust people that I shouldn’t and the fact that I’m probably better at constantly embarrassing myself than anyone who’s ever existed, there’s nothing wrong with me psychologically.” SOURCE: theguardian.com