Dylann Roof will represent himself during sentencing phase of death-penalty trial
"But late last week, Roof's attorneys asked the judge to reverse the decision, arguing that Roof was not equipped to adequately defend himself against a possible death sentence, and that 'allowing him to proceed would deprive him of protection against cruel and unusual punishment, ' reported the Charleston Post and Courier". Roof was convicted of all 33 counts on Thursday.
The Associated Press adds Roof's lawyers say they were dismissed because Roof believed they would present potentially embarrassing evidence to save his life.
Convicted Charleston church shooter Dylann Roof has told a judge he plans on calling no witnesses and presenting no evidence to try to convince a jury to spare his life for killing nine black church worshippers in a hate crime.
Roof will make an opening statement when the sentencing phase of the trial resumes January 3, he told U.S. District Court Judge Richard Gergel on Wednesday as part of a pretrial hearing, but otherwise plans no defense.
"Well, don't do them any favors", Gergel told the defendant, who appeared in the striped uniform of the Charleston jail as well as handcuffs and leg shackles.
Roof represented himself for a week during jury selection before asking for his attorneys back for the duration of the trial's guilt phase.
Based on notebooks found in his vehicle and elsewhere, Roof wrote of being moved by the killing of Trayvon Martin in which he sided with the black teen's killer, George Zimmerman.
Gergel responded he will give Roof until the start of proceedings to change his mind about using counsel.
Roof, however, said he meant to present none.
On Wednesday, Roof told Gergel he wanted that hearing to remain under seal, saying that making public those items defeats the objective of his self-representation.
Courts typically make public the competency hearings after a criminal proceeding has closed, Gergel said. He said he has reached no decision on the matter but is concerned about the potential impact of unsealing that information before Roof stands trial for murder in state court.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Jay Richardson said prosecutors have a list of about 38 potential witnesses to discuss the impact on victims in the case.
Incidentally, the day after Christmas is a holiday known as Boxing Day in the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. Cops say the mayhem began when a crowd surrounded officers trying to arrest somebody suspected of fightingin a mall food court.
We do get to see the Dark Lord of the Sith use his bleeding red lightsaber as he kills off a bunch of Rebel soldiers. When fans think of Star Wars , the movie's iconic composition immediately comes to mind.
The Matharoo sisters have posted photos of their lavish lifestyle to Instagram, where their followers number in the thousands. They went ahead to threaten to post the evidence of his infidelity on a notorious Nigerian website, Naijagistlive .
The South Dakota city of Aberdeen was under a flash flood warning after rain and snowmelt flooded the city's major intersections. New England could expect several hours of freezing rain on Monday and into Tuesday, when the precipitation could turn into snow.
Researchers followed up with immunised volunteers at their homes on days three, 14, 21, 42, 63 and 84 after receiving the vaccine. But the virus reached cities in 2014, spreading like wildfire and catching the global health community off guard.
Like the Jeff Fisher firing earlier in the season, the only surprising thing about the coaching change is that it took this long. The Dolphins swept the Bills this season, winning in Week 7 in Miami then backing it up with this past Saturday's overtime win.
The automaker is scheduled to unveil the research vehicle at Consumer Electronics Show (CES) next week, conducted in Las Vegas. The new vehicle uses the current Ford autonomous vehicle platform, but ups the processing power with new computer hardware.
Star Wars Chewbacca actor Peter Mayhew sent out "thoughts and prayers for our friend and everyone's favorite princess right now". Her brother, Todd Fisher, told the AP that she was "out of emergency" and stabilized at a Los Angeles hospital Friday afternoon.
Where to recycle your live Christmas tree
The brush sites also offer free mulch to resident. "We'd like to ask people drop them off at the two designated sites instead". Los Angeles county residents are being urged to recycle their trees so they can be turned into mulch and compost.
Woolworths to sell petrol sites to BP for $1.8M
The move follows the success of BP's Simply Food forecourt chain in the United Kingdom , which it runs with Marks & Spencer. While the deal is expected to close not earlier than 2 January, 2018, it is subject to customary terms and conditions.
Iconic British singer George Michael dies at 53
Michael struggled with a number of controversies throughout his career related to his drug use and run-ins with the law. In 2012, Michael performed "White Light", a song about his hospitalization, at the London Olympics closing ceremony.
Delhi Police Arrest Four Men in US Woman's Gangrape Case
The woman recorded her statement on December 20 under Section 164 CrPc before a magistrate narrating the horrific experience. Speaking to DNA, she said: "Though there has been a delay in the arrests, I am happy that four people have been arrested".
Taylor Swift surprises a 96-year-old veteran
Porter's family fulfilled his last wish of seeing Swift strum her guitar and sing in front of him. From the pics, it looks like Cyrus got the ultimate Christmas gift and Taylor got a new BFF.
Rapper Troy Ave shot on way to Christmas dinner
Collins was driving through his old Crown Heights neighborhood to have Christmas dinner at his mother's house, his attorney said. Troy Ave's bodyguard, Ronald McPhatter , 33, was killed, and the rapper, along with two other people, were wounded.
Aaron Rodgers makes serious MVP case in Packers' win over Vikings
In the second half, Rhodes covered Nelson on both sides of the field. "He got out of the pocket on us a few times and made plays". This touchdown cut the lead to one score, as Green Bay led 21-13 after Kai Forbath drilled the extra point through the uprights.
Mostly cloudy, windy Christmas Day, chance of rain
That - along with brisk southeasterly winds - led to temperatures soaring well into the 80s during the afternoon. Temperatures have been warming through the night and there has been widespread dense fog across the area.
Packers move step closer to division title, boot Vikings
As the Packers schedule shows, there is only one game left to decide whether the Packers even make the 2017 NFL Playoffs. Central Standard Time Saturday at Lambeau Field, their epitaph a sad but inevitable 38-25 loss to the surging Packers .