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Dylann Roof Says He Won't Call Mental Health Experts During Sentencing

The jury will return on Jan. 3 to determine whether Roof should be executed or spend the rest of his life in prison

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    Tyrone Sanders (left) and Felicia Sanders (center), family members of those killed at Emanual AME Church last year in Charleston, were pleased with the guilty verdicts in Dylann Roof's federal murder trial. Tyron and Felicia lost their son in the attack, while Felicia is also a survivor. (Published Monday, Dec. 19, 2016)

    The self-declared white supremacist who was convicted Thursday of gunning down nine parishioners at a South Carolina church last year will not present mental health testimony during the penalty phase of his federal trial, NBC News reported.

    In a hand-written note filed Friday night, Dylann Roof, 22, told U.S. District Court Judge Richard M. Gergel that he "will not be calling mental health experts or presenting mental health evidence" when the proceedings continue next month.

    The admission came after Gergel ordered — then canceled — a hearing on the subject when Roof failed to meet a filing deadline. 

    The Associated Press reported that the move was expected.

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