South Carolina Gunman Refuses to Contact Mental Health Counselors during Sentencing

Dylann Roof, the self-proclaimed white supremacist, was convicted on December 15th, for the shooting of nine parishioners at a church in South Carolina in 2015. Although the conviction doesn’t come as much of a shock to those who are aware of the case, what is surprising is that during the conviction phase of his trial, Roof will not present a mental health testimony. In a note that was filed on December 16th, Roof, 22, told U.S. District Court Judge Richard M. Gergel that he “will not be calling mental health experts or presenting mental health evidence” at the continuation of the trial in January, 2017. The admission came after Gergel ordered — then canceled — a hearing on the topic when Roof failed to meet a filing deadline. The Associated Press reported that the move was expected. The AP reported that in a journal that was presented as evidence in his trial, Roof wrote racist images and rants. One of the rants was regarding psychology or as he described it, a “Jewish invention” that “does nothing but invent diseases and tell people they have problems when they don’t.” Roof will be representing himself in the sentencing and faces the death penalty on over half of the 33 federal crimes he committed on June 17, 2015, when he gunned down innocent churchgoers during a bible study class at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston. On January 3rd, 2017 the jury will return to determine whether Roof will spend the rest of his life in prison or be sentenced to death.

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