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FILE - This June 18, 2015, file photo, provided by the Charleston County Sheriff's Office shows Dylann Roof. Court documents unsealed Friday, Nov. 11, 2016, in the federal death penalty trial of Dylann Roof indicate the judge believes it's possible the white man charged with gunning down nine black parishioners may not be mentally competent to stand trial. (Charleston County Sheriff's Office via AP, File)

Dylann Roof told the jury there is 'nothing wrong with me psychologically'


UPDATE  12:05 p.m.: Roof spoke to the jury for the first time in the sentencing phase.

Roof said his lawyers "forced" him to go to competency hearings. 

Meanwhile, prosecutors urged that Roof be sentenced to death, citing his lack of remorse. He said in his journal he had not wept over the victims' deaths and regretted nothing. 

Jennifer Pinckney, the widow of one of Roof's victims, Clementa Pinckney, said her husband was a "voice for the voiceless."  She is one of several dozen witnesses the prosecution has planned to call.

At this point I'm not intending to offer any evidence at all or call any witnesses.
Dylann Roof

ORIGINAL STORY: Dylann Roof is expected to offer an opening statement but no defense as his sentencing resumes Wednesday. 

Roof was convicted of killing nine people in a historically black Charleston church in June 2015. He faces either the death penalty or life in prison. His lawyers urged him not to represent himself, but he did so anyway

FILE - In this Thursday, June 18, 2015 file photo, Charleston, S.C., shooting suspect Dylann Storm Roof is escorted from the Shelby Police Department in Shelby, N.C. Attorneys for the man charged with killing nine people at a Charleston church are challenging federal prosecutors’ intention to seek the death penalty against him. Lawyers for Roof argue in a motion filed Monday, Aug. 1, 2016, that the death penalty and federal death penalty law are unconstitutional. (AP Photo/Ben Earp, File)

Roof's lawyers initially tried to argue that the self-described white supremacist was mentally incompetent to stand trial, but Roof insisted on representing himself. U.S. District Court Judge Richard Gergel ruled in Roof's favor, USA  Today reports.

What happens next?

It took the same jury Roof now faces for the sentencing phase less than two hours to find him guilty of all 33 federal counts against him, including hate crimes. 

Prosecutors said they may call as many as three dozen witnesses to argue Roof should get the death penalty, despite some victims' family members saying they would prefer he gets life in prison. Meanwhile, Roof's lawyers fear he won't show evidence that could spare his life out of fear of embarrassing himself or his family.

Dylann Roof told the jury there is 'nothing wrong with me psychologically'

WATCH  | During the trial, a video of Roof taking target practice before the slaughter in the Charleston church basement was admitted in court as evidence.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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