CHARLESTON COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - Accused Emanuel AME Church shooter Dylann Roof filed a motion Sunday asking a federal judge to let his defense team represent him again, but only through the guilt phase of his death penalty trial set to begin in three days.
Roof sent a hand-written letter to U.S. District Court Judge Richard Gergel asking for his standby counsel to take over his case.
"Can you let me have them back for the guilt phase, and then let me represent myself for the sentencing phase of the trial?" U.S. District Judge Richard Gergel.
If Gergel grants the request, it would allow Roof to act as his own attorney again during the last part of the trial, when jurors decide whether he will get death or life in prison without parole. That would give Roof control over what evidence is submitted on his behalf when the time comes for the defense to try and sway jurors to give him life in prison.
On Friday, Judge Gergel decided to choose jurors from the 67 people that were made qualified, instead of the 70 they hoped for. The court hoped to reach a total jury pool of 70, from which 12 jurors and six alternates would then be selected.