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The Latest: Hearing on Roof jury instructions concludes

January 09, 2017 - 12:14 PM

CHARLESTON, S.C. - The Latest on the federal sentencing of convicted Charleston church shooter Dylann Roof (all times local):

4:10 p.m.

Prosecutors and legal advisers for Dylann Roof have concluded their discussion over what instructions jurors will get before beginning their deliberations on his fate.

What's known as a charge conference took about two hours on Monday afternoon after the government rested its case.

As their final witnesses, prosecutors called relatives of Tywanza Sanders, the youngest of Roof's victims. Roof, acting as his own lawyer, called no witnesses and did no cross-examination.

Jurors return to court Tuesday to begin considering if Roof should die for killing nine people as they prayed during a June 2015 Bible study at Emanuel AME Church.


12:10 p.m.

Dylann Roof doesn't appear that he will fight for his life during his death penalty trial, sticking to his earlier statement of not calling any witnesses in his own defence.

The 22-year-old defendant rested his case Monday.

Roof is representing himself as jurors mull if he'll be sentenced to the death penalty or life in prison for the shooting deaths of nine black parishioners during a June 2015 Bible study at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston.

Prosecutors called 25 witnesses over four days, many of whom spoke of the loss they felt after the deaths of their loved ones. Law officers also reviewed Roof's jailhouse journal in which he said he felt no regret for his crimes.

Jurors are expected to begin deliberating Tuesday.


11:30 a.m.

Prosecutors have rested their death penalty case against Dylann Roof after four days of testimony.

The government called its final witnesses Monday.

Three relatives of Tywanza Sanders testified. The 26-year-old Sanders the youngest victim of the June 2015 shootings at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston.

Father Tyrone Sanders said he missed taking fishing trips and homecoming visits with his son. Felicia Sanders, who survived the attack during a Bible study session, said her son was a creative young man who was dedicated to Emanuel.

Roof is representing himself and did not cross-examine any witnesses. He has said he won't call any witnesses, but the judge granted Roof's request for a recess after the government rested its case.


10 a.m.

The big sister of the youngest victim killed in the 2015 attack on Emanuel AME Church describes her baby brother as a jack-of-all-trades who had a variety of interests including music and modeling.

Shirrene (shi-REEN) Goss on Monday called 26-year-old brother Tywanza Sanders a fearless, headstrong social butterfly.

Goss took the stand as one of the final witnesses called by prosecutors seeking the death penalty against Dylann Roof. Jurors convicted Roof last month of 33 federal charges, including hate crimes and obstruction of the practice of religion.

Prosecutors plan to finish their case Monday, and jurors are likely to begin deliberations Tuesday. Roof is representing himself and has said he'll mount no case in his own defence, calling no witnesses and doing no cross-examination.


5:35 a.m.

Final testimony is expected as prosecutors wrap up their argument that Dylann Roof should be sentenced to death for the South Carolina church shootings.

Relatives of Tywanza Sanders are slated to be the last to testify Monday in Roof's federal sentencing trial.

Last week, family members of the nine black parishioners slain in the June 2015 attack on Charleston's Emanuel AME Church told emotional stories of the voids left by the loss of their loved ones.

Roof is representing himself and has said he plans to call no witnesses in his own defence. U.S. District Judge Richard Gergel says he expects jurors to begin deliberating as early as Tuesday on whether Roof should get the death penalty or life in prison.


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