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Documents: Roof threatened to kill attorney if he was ever released from jail

Dylann Roof appeared in a Charleston courtroom Monday. (Source: Pool) Dylann Roof appeared in a Charleston courtroom Monday. (Source: Pool)
CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) -

Newly-released documents from the federal trial of the man convicted in the Charleston church shooting state he told his attorney he would kill him if he was ever released from jail.

Dylann Roof, 23, was sentenced to death in federal court in January in the June 17, 2015, murder of nine parishioners at Mother Emanuel AME Church. On Monday, Roof pleaded guilty to 13 state charges against him as part of a plea deal to avoid a death sentence in that trial.

His guilty pleas in state court brought an end to the case and prompted U.S. District Court Judge Richard Gergel to unseal some of the documents that had been previously kept from public view.

One of those documents states an encounter between attorney David Bruck and Roof in his jail cell on Dec. 30, 2016, the day after the court ordered a second competency motion.

"The defendant informed Mr. Bruck that he hates him, and that if he gets out of jail, he plans to come to Mr. Bruck's house and kill him," the document states.

Bruck went to the jail that day to give Roof a copy of a suggested motion involving victim-impact testimony, which Roof had previously asked for, the document states. Roof asked why Bruck had not already provided it, then refused to accept it, the document states.

Roof then told Bruck Roof no longer wanted standby counsel and did not wish to file any objections to victim-impact evidence or other aspects to the prosecution's death penalty case against him.

Roof was convicted of 33 federal counts in the killings in December and was sentenced to death in January.

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