A federal appeals court Wednesday upheld a death sentence for Dylann Roof, a white supremacist who was convicted of killing nine parishioners in a historically Black church in Charleston, South Carolina, in 2015.
The appeals court said a federal judge who oversaw Roof’s trial did not err by deciding Roof — whose lawyers say he suffered from severe mental health issues — was competent to stand trial or allowing him to represent himself in the sentencing phase.
Forbes has reached out to Roof’s defense team for comment.
“No cold record or careful parsing of statutes and precedents can capture the full horror of what Roof did,” the appeals court wrote.
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