Convicted South Carolina church killer Dylann Roof has told jurors deciding whether he receives the death penalty, "There is nothing wrong with me psychologically.”
The young man, who gunned down nine people during a prayer meeting at a historically black church, was representing himself at a sentencing hearing that began Wednesday. He offered no apology or explanation for the killings.
Following his arrest in the June 2015 church massacre, Roof told authorities he wanted "to start a race war."
“This is all crap,” said one man as he got up and left a section of the courtroom reserved for friends and family of the victims, according to CNN.
Roof spoke so softly that people in court had trouble hearing him. “Anything you heard from my lawyers in the last phase [of the trial], I ask you to forget it,” he told jurors.
"That’s the last thing."
Roof, 22, was convicted in December of federal murder and hate crime charges for the June 2015 shooting rampage at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston.
His remarks were brief. “The point is that I’m not going to lie to you, not by myself or through somebody else,” he said.
Before Roof spoke, prosecutor Nathan S. Williams read from the shooter’s journal.
“I couldn’t go another day without doing something,” Roof wrote in a journal that was seized from his jail cell two months after the murders.
“I couldn’t live with myself,” he wrote.