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FILE - In this June 18, 2015 file photo, Charleston, S.C., shooting suspect Dylann Storm Roof is escorted from the Cleveland County Courthouse in Shelby, N.C. Prosecutors who wanted to show that Roof was a cruel, angry racist simply used his own words at his death penalty trial on charges he killed nine black people in June 2015 at a Charleston church. Roof's two-hour videotaped confession less than a day after the shooting and a handwritten journal found in his car when he was arrested were introduced into evidence Friday, Dec. 9, 2016. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton, File)

Judge: Dylann Roof is competent to represent himself in the sentencing phase of the trial


[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.

[Original story]

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.

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