At Dylann Roof trial, a grieving brother speaks: 'My heart ... is broken'

Representing himself at the trial, he has not questioned any of the witness and does not intend to in the future.

"It was hard for me, not knowing why he didn't protect everybody", he told jurors.

"He said she would always give him books wrapped as gifts".

Jennifer Pinckney testified that she knew the gunman was gone when she heard the chime of a bell on the church door signal his departure.

Coleman-Singleton's daughter, Cam'Ryne Singleton, told jurors her mother would pray over her children before they went to sleep and expressed faith in everything she did. The 22-year-old was convicted in December of murdering nine people at a historically black church in downtown Charleston almost two years ago.

Bethane Middleton said she called her sister DePayne Middleton-Doctor "a borrowed angel" who never asked God for much, yet was provided plenty. "I want you to revisit your strategy here, because at some point I'm going to cut you off if it gets too long".

Roof, in his own address to the panel, offered no response to the damning new evidence, saying that his own opening statement "is going to seem a little bit out of place after the prosecution's".

Prosecutors have said they plan to wrap up their case on Monday, and the judge said he expects jurors could begin discussions Tuesday. The request for self-representation - and its approval - came over the protests of Roof's own lawyers.

On the evening of June 17, 2015, nine parishioners, including the pastor, were violently murdered at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in downtown Charleston, South Carolina.

Six weeks after his arrest, jailers found a note written by Roof in his cell, Williams said.

"I consider myself very well versed in racism", he allegedly wrote.

Jurors begin considering Wednesday whether to sentence self-described white supremacist Dylann Roof to death or life in prison for the racially motivated slaying of nine African Americans in a SC church.

Roof's statement followed opening remarks from Assistant U.S. Attorney Nathan Williams, who argued that his killings of nine black people who'd invited him to study the Bible with them called out for the death penalty.

During his confession, which lasted more than two hours, Dylann Roof also revealed he planned to shoot himself after committing the heinous crime.

Roof has said he does not plan to call any witnesses or introduce any evidence.

Dylann Roof appears at a court hearing in Charleston, S.C., on July 16, 2015. Such evidence is meant to sway a jury toward a sentence of life in prison without possibility of parole instead of the death penalty.

The self-espoused white supremacist is representing himself in the life-or-death phase of his trial. "I have not shed a tear for the innocent people I killed". He chose to represent himself in the sentencing phase because he didn't want his attorneys to portray him as being psychologically deficient.

The same jury that last month unanimously found Dylann Roof guilty in the slayings of nine black parishioners at a SC church is returning to court to begin contemplating his punishment. The penalty phase of the trial began on Wednesday, and is expected to last about 10 days.

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