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>> In a court filing unsealed Thursday, Charleston church shooter, Dylann Roof, said it's not fair for prosecutors to call so many relatives and friends to the stand to tell how their lives were ripped apart when Roof executed nine people at the Emmanuel A.M.E. Church in 2015. Roof is representing himself during the penalty phase, and claims that because he's not presenting any evidence, the emotional testimony against him will ensure he gets the death penalty.
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Reuters correspondent Harriet McLeod was in the courtroom.>> David Brooks, Dylann Roof's now standby council, who has represented him for almost 18 months, and represented him during the guilt phase, objected to some of the emotional testimony from victims' family members saying that this was not a memorial service.
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The prosecution strongly objected, saying that these victims had a right to talk about their loved ones, to remember them, to detail the lives they led, to explain the loss they suffered, and that that was part of a penalty phase.>> Family members broke down on the stand Thursday.
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At several points, court had to be interrupted for them to compose themselves. The daughter of victim Myra Thompson testifying how angry she is that Roof killed her mother in their beloved church. The white supremacist showed no emotion, keeping his blank gaze on the table in front of him.
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He didn't question a single witness. In a brief opening statement Wednesday, Roof told jurors, there is nothing wrong with him psychologically. Roof was convicted last month, by the same jury, of 33 federal counts of hate crimes resulting in death, obstruction of religion, and firearms charges. They'll now decide if he lives or dies.