Suspected South Carolina Shooter to Represent Himself in Mass Murder Trial

Dylann Roof, 22, accused of killing nine black parishioners at a South Carolina church, will act as his own lawyer with his former defense team by his side.
1:45 | 11/29/16

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Transcript for Suspected South Carolina Shooter to Represent Himself in Mass Murder Trial
All right, turning now to the trial of the suspected Charleston, South Carolina, shooter, dylann roof, he's accused of killing nine in a church. A judge ruled he can act as his own attorney and ABC's Steve osunsami is in Charleston with all of those details. Good morning, Steve. Reporter: Good morning to you, Amy this. Is et missing up an ugly situation at federal court in Charleston where dylann roof could now question the relatives of the victims he's accused of murdering. It's a stunning development in the trial of an accused mass murderer who police say is called for a race war. A federal judge in downtown Charleston is allowing 22-year-old dylann roof to act as his own lawyer as long as his old defense team continues to sit by his side. Roof began representing himself Monday, still dressed in his prison jumpsuit saying very little as prosecutors interviewed potential jurors. He objected to one, the only juror of the day who was African-American. Roof seen here at his arraignment is pleading not guilty. He could very well get the death penalty if convicted. He's seen here on a surveillance camera walking into the Emanuel ame church in June of 2015 where police he gunned down nine black worshippers at a bible study. Police later found roof's white supremacist manifesto along with pictures of him at confederate grave sites holding the confederate flag. The danger is that someone like roof wants to make a statement and that's going to be the judge's job to make sure -- he's got the right to represent himself but doesn't have the right to make a mockery of the courtroom. Reporter: It was just last week that the judge in this case even ruled that roof was competent to stand trial. Jury selection in the case will last another two weeks. Amy. All right, Steve, thanks so much for that.

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