>> Emotional testimony Wednesday by victim's families, one day after a federal jury condemned the 22 year old white supremacist to death for killing nine black church goers in 2015. I want your soul to burn in hell, one woman told Roof, whose aunt had died in the massacre. Another, whose 26 year old son was killed, showed her blood stained Bible from the night of the deadly rampage to the court.
Then told Roof, you're in my head every day, I cannot shut my eyes to pray. Other victims' relatives expressed hurt and anger, calling him Lucifer, a coward, and a fool deserving of death. While several insisted on forgiveness, with Roof never looking up at those speaking to him directly.
Reuters correspondent, Harriet McLeod was at the Federal courthouse in Charleston.>> The atmosphere in the courtroom was attentive and somber. More than 30 family members of victims gave victim impact testimony. That testimony wasn't the same as what was presented during the guilt phase or even in the sentencing phase testimony.
They talked about their family members a bit, but they also talked about the way they felt about Dylann Roof. They thanked the court, the jury, the lawyers for swift justice in this case. They thanked the judge for letting them have their say.>> A jury of nine whites and three blacks condemned Roof to death, just weeks after convicting him on 33 federal charges including hate crimes.
A defiant Roof acting as his own attorney during the penalty phase of the trial, showed no remorse for his crimes, almost inviting execution. Telling jurors, I have a right to ask you to give me a life sentence, but I am not sure what good that will do anyone.
But Roof is unlikely to be executed anytime soon due to the lengthy appeals process in federal death penalty cases.