As if reports about him choosing his own jurors for his federal death penalty trial and acting as his own lawyer aren’t outrageous enough, things got a little more strange as the days proceeded. According to FBI footage shown during the murder trial, Roof confessed almost immediately to the massacre at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church.
In the video, the self-proclaimed White supremacist described to an FBI agent that he gunned down his victims in a bid to spark a race war. He says with a laugh, “I went to that church in Charleston and I did it.” After a law enforcement officer asked, “Did you shoot them?” Roof chuckled again and answered, “Yes.”
The 22-year-old added, “What I did is still minuscule to what they’re doing to White people every day.” He admitted that he opened fire with a Glock .45-caliber pistol and fired 70 rounds that night in June 2015. Roof also told the FBI agent that he researched his target and went on the killing spree because Blacks were raping White women. When asked how he felt that he took nine people’s lives, the mass murderer began to express a little remorse, saying, “Well, it makes me feel bad.”
Earlier this week, Roof’s mother suffered a heart attack after prosecutors laid out for the court how her son plotted the murders. Sources say that other than admitting to targeting the Charleston church, Roof has sat stone-faced and rarely looked at the victims’ families who suffered the most following the massacre.
Felicia Sanders, one of the survivors of the shooting, was so emotional during her testimony on Wednesday that court personnel, including members of the prosecution and defense, were crying with her.
Roof has pleaded not guilty to 33 federal accounts, including hate crimes resulting in death and obstruction of exercise of religion resulting in death. He also faces a state trial, set for early next year, in which he may also face the death penalty.
20 Pictures That Show The Powerful Resilience Of Charleston’s Mother Emanuel AME Church
1. Mother Emanuel AME Church held its first service since the shooting death of nine African-American church members on June 17.1 of 19
2. People line up to enter for Sunday service at the Emanuel AME Church.2 of 19
3. Two children wait to enter the Emanuel AME Church June 21, 2015 in Charleston, South Carolina.3 of 19
4. A member of the church is seen outside of Emanuel AME before its first service since the Charleston shooting.4 of 19
5. A Charleston County sheriff’s deputy checks bags as people line up to enter for Sunday service at the Emanuel AME Church.5 of 19
6. Gloria Moore watches the church as parishioners take their seats at the Emanuel AME Church.6 of 19
7. A woman prays as she attends the Sunday service outside of the Emanuel AME Church.7 of 19
8. People pray and listen to the Sunday service outside of the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina.8 of 19
9. Parishioners sit at Emanuel AME Church four days after a mass shooting that claimed the lives of its pastor and eight others.9 of 19
10. The Rev. Norvel Goff, right, prays at the empty seat of the Rev. Clementa Pinckney.10 of 19
11. South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, R-S.C., embraces U.S. Sen Tim Scott, R-S.C., at Emanuel AME Church.11 of 19
12. A parishioner prays at the empty seat of the Rev. Clementa Pinckney at the Emanuel AME Church.12 of 19
13. A family is seen leaving Emanuel AME Church following Sunday services.13 of 19
14. People embrace as they depart the Emanuel AME Church following Sunday services.14 of 19
15. Church members comfort one another after Emanuel’s first service since the Charleston shooting.15 of 19
16. Church members comfort one another outside of Emanuel.16 of 19
17. A mother and son surround a memorial for the nine church members killed during the Charleston shooting.17 of 19
18. Charleston natives comfort each other during the church’s first service since the shooting on June 17.18 of 19
19. Activist DeRay McKesson is seen outside of Emanuel AME church.19 of 19
Shooter Dylann Roof Laughs As He Confesses To Killing 9 People In Charleston Church Massacre was originally published on globalgrind.com