Roof says he couldn't look at victims' families

Dec 14, 2016, 04:12
Roof says he couldn't look at victims' families

Roof's two-hour confession to killing nine people at a church Bible study, recorded the day after the shooting, was introduced as evidence Friday, along with a handwritten journal found in his vehicle.

Dylann Roof's confession to killing nine black church members in a racially motivated attack a year ago will be publicly aired for the first time Friday when prosecutors play a recording of police questioning the young white man.

Roof told the agents that he couldn't even look at the families of the victims. Roof has said he wants to represent himself during that penalty phase of the trial. A few minutes later he said he thought he killed about five people. "Sure." And regarding a goal to bring attention to a cause, he responded: "I guess so".

"I was thinking about what I should do", he said, noting he was not under the influence of drugs or medication that night.

Roof also said he was "in absolute awe" that there were no police outside the church when he came out.

Video has been released that the government says shows the man charged in the Charleston church massacre leaving the sanctuary armed with a handgun moments after the killings.

Before the shooting at Emanuel AME Church in June 2015, Dylann Roof visited various sites throughout the Lowcountry, including the Angel Oak.

Before he left the fellowship hall, where bodies of the dead and dying lay sprawled, others curled up under tables, Roof said he planned to kill himself.

According to the Times, Roof sat in his chair at the defense table expressionless as the videotape played, shuffling papers and avoiding looking at the jury.

Roof, who was 21 at the time, told the agents he was astonished to find the church parking lot not swarming with police when he exited a side door at 9.06 pm local time on June 17th, 2015. Two adults and a child at the Bible study survived.

We learned that he loved Charleston and targeted Emanuel AME Church because of its history - but also because no white people would be there to get hurt. "That's why I was sitting there for 15 minutes".

In his writings, he called for reinstating segregation, deporting some minorities, and an end to interracial marriages, saying that white women who choose to be with black men are "not beyond saving".

To his mother, he said: "As childish as it sounds, I wish I was in your arms".

OLGIN: Roof wrote in his journal that was read aloud in court, no one else has any responsibility for what I have done. "You were a good dad". It was a Google search, prompted by the killing of Trayvon Marton, for "black on white crime" that started it all. Joined by another agent, Stansbury began by casually asking Roof where he went to school and if he had a job. They have not contested that Roof was responsible for the killing, but they are trying to save him from the death penalty.

"Little did they know what a cold and hateful heart he had", Assistant U.S. Attorney Jay Richardson told jurors. "Once you really understand what is going on, you don't need to watch the news".

Officers recorded their conversation with Roof in a conference room at the Shelby, North Carolina, police station.

Roof, 22, also faces a death sentence if found guilty of murder charges in state court.

FBI Special Agent Michael Stansbury, who interviewed Roof the day after the shooting, testified today at Roof's federal trial, and Roof's apparent video confession was played in court.

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