Convicted Church Shooter Dylann Roof Speaks to Jurors

The convicted murderer is acting as his own defense as the trial moves to the penalty stage.
2:09 | 01/05/17

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Next from Charleston, dylann roof speaking to jurors for the first time after they convicted him in the killing of nine African-American worshippers at a bible study. Those jurors are deciding whether he will live or die, and today, in that courtroom, roof told them, I'm not going to lie to you, and what he said next, here's ABC's Steve osunsami. Reporter: Strange, awkward, upsetting the only to way to describe tonight seeing this admitted racist and convicted murderer acting as his own attorney. The same dylann roof seen here practices with the gun he used to kill is now hoping jurors will spare his life. In his opening statements he tried to explain why he's going against all legal advice. And refusing to argue that he's insane. The point that I'm not going to lie to you, he said. There is nothing wrong with me psychologically it was all too much for the families of the nine victims he murdered at this historic black church. Three of them got up and left in disgust. While there are still a few who say that with god's mercy roof should be forgiven. You took something very precious away from me, but I forgive you. Reporter: The feeling now is very different. He ought to be sentenced to the ultimate penalty and that's death. Reporter: On the witness stand, the wife of the reverend killed first told beautiful stories from her marriage. How he called his youngest their little grasshopper. Jennifer Pickney told jurors how she and her daughter called 911 from a locked office down the hall. Prosecutors asking for the death sentence are pointing to a jailhouse journal roof wrote six weeks after the murders. I have not shed a tear for the innocent people I killed. He writes. Such a difficult day for those families in court. Steve is with us. There are restrictions on what he can do even in his own defense in that courtroom, right? Reporter: There are rules that have been put in place to make sure that the families here feel safe. For example, where he sits. He is not allowed to walk. To a juror or the judge. He has to speak from behind a podium. If he needs to give a document to a witness or the judge, someone has to deliver that document for him. David. Steve osunsami who has been on this case from the start.

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