[UPDATE] Jan. 2, 2017 at 7:10 p.m. EST
A federal judge ruled Monday that Dylann Roof, who was found guilty of the 2014 attack on a Charleston, South Carolina church, is mentally competent to represent himself during the sentencing phase of the trial.
Over the weekened, forensic psychiatrist Dr. James Ballenger evaluated Roof and presented the results of that evaluation in court Monday.
The sentencing phase of the trial is scheduled to begin Wednesday morning, CNN reports.
[UPDATE] December 28th at 11:13am EST
Dylan Roof told a judge at a hearing Wednesday he doesn't plan on calling on witnesses on his behalf, and will present no evidence to try to convince a jury to spare his life for killing nine black church worshippers in a hate crime, according to the Associated Press.
He also said he still plans to act as his own lawyer when the penalty phase of his federal death penalty trial begins next Tuesday.
BREAKING: Dylann Roof tells judge he won't call witnesses or present evidence to try to spare his life for church massacre.— The Associated Press (@AP) December 28, 2016
Dylann Roof was found guilty Thursday of the racially motivated killing of nine black churchgoers during a Bible study meeting at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina.
The jury of nine white people and three black people deliberated less than two hours before returning a verdict. Roof was found guilty of 33 federal charges, including hate crimes and obstruction of the practice of religion.
BREAKING: Jury convicts Dylann Roof in racially motivated slayings of 9 black church members in South Carolina.— The Associated Press (@AP) December 15, 2016
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