Convicted Church Shooter Dylann Roof Insists He's Not Mentally Ill

Roof, who shot and killed nine people at a historically black church in Charleston, South Carolina, refused to plead insanity in the sentencing phase of his murder trial.
2:00 | 01/05/17

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Turn now to south carolinaened the latest on the dylann roof trial. Speaking to jurors directly for the first time since being convicted. ABC's Steve osun systemi has the details. Reporter: Seen here practicing with the gun he used to kill refused to let his attorneys do their job. Acting as his own lawyer. In his opening statements he tried to explain to jurors why he's now going against all legal advice and refusing to plead insanity. It's not because I have a mental illness. The point is I'm not going to lie to you. There's nothing wrong with me. Psychologically. In court, three people got up and left in disgust. Just too much for the families of the nine victims he murdered in the basement of this historic black church. On the witness stand the wife of the reverend leading the bible study explained how she and one of her daughters survived. They were down the hall, behind this door, calling the 911. In Jesus name we pray. Amen. Reporter: Prosecutors say roof deference to die because he has shown no remorse and point to a journal he wrote after the murders. For the first time we're hearing laughter filled the courtroom as the families of the victims tells the stories of the loved ones they lost. Not dylann roof who's staring directly in space. He plans to call no witnesses. Horrifying case, Steve, thanks very much. Another shocking case out of Chicago, a video streamed on

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