CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Dylann Roof told jurors Tuesday that he could ask them for life in prison instead of the death penalty for killing nine black church members, but he was not sure “what good that would do.”
In his closing argument, Roof did not ask for mercy or forgiveness and told the jury he felt like he had to carry out the slayings during a Bible study on June 17, 2015.
“I still feel like I had to do it,” Roof said.
The jury will begin deliberations Tuesday afternoon. Jurors’ decision must be unanimous. If they are unable to agree, a life sentence is automatically imposed.
Every juror looked directly at Roof as he spoke to them for about five minutes. A few nodded as he reminded them that they said during jury selection they could fairly weigh the factors about whether he should get life in prison or the death penalty.