>> A federal judge Thursday, denying a mistrial for Dylann Roof, the white supremacist accused of shooting nine black partitioners to death during a Bible study inside a Charleston, South Carolina church last year. Wednesday, the first day of Roof's trial, emotional testimony from a survivor. Describing him as evil, and belonging in a pit of hell.
Roof's attorneys unsuccessfully arguing those remarks offered prejudicial and improper opinion about what penalty he should face. Thursday the judge said he viewed the remarks as a religious statement and not an opinion about sentencing, and refused to strike the testimony. The defense motion for a mistrial also said Roof's grief-stricken mother collapsed in court.
After opening statements and suffered a heart attack. The 22-year-old has admitted to executing the parishioners at the historic Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church as they stood to pray. The Roof's defense says it is not a question of innocent or guilt. The real question is whether he should get the death penalty or life in president.
Leroy Singleton's sister Moira, a mother of three, was one of Roof's victims.>> Whatever the jury says is fine with me. I have no preference. Because that's the system I believe in and that's the world we live in.>> Roof faces 33 federal counts including hate crimes.