Dylann Roof Allowed To Represent Himself In Trial
Dylann Roof, the white supremacist charged with killing nine black churchgoers in South Carolina in 2015, has been granted the opportunity to represent himself in trial, according to the New York Times.
It should be noted that it was only a few days ago that Roof was found competent to stand trial in the first place.
Judge Richard M. Gergel of Federal District Court in Charleston heard Roof’s request on Monday and responded by letting him know that the decision was “strategically unwise.” Roof will have an attorney available as backup defense throughout the trial.
“I do find the defendant has the personal capacity to self-representation,” Judge Gergel said, according to The Post & Courier. “It is a decision you have the right to make.”
Roof was 21 years old at the time of the massacre, which took place after he joined church members for bible study before opening fire and killing nine people in the predominantly black Emmanuel A.M.E. He was arrested the next day, more than 250 miles north of Charleston.