S.C. church shooter acting as own lawyer for death penalty hearing

Dylann Roof, 21, shown being escorted from the Cleveland County Courthouse on Thursday, June 18, 2015 in Shelby, North Carolina. Roof reportedly admitted to killing nine people Wednesday night at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina. (Chuck Burton/AP)

CHARLESTON, South Carolina (AP) — Dylann Roof may soon show how hard he intends to fight to save his life as prosecutors seek the death penalty for killing nine black worshippers in a hate crime at a Charleston church.

A judge scheduled a hearing Wednesday in federal court to hear motions before the penalty phase in Roof’s trial starts next week.

Roof is now acting as his own lawyer after letting go of his defense attorneys after a jury convicted him of 33 counts of hate crimes and obstruction of justice earlier this month.

Roof’s lawyers say they think he got rid of them because they wanted to present what Roof thought was embarrassing evidence seeking to get the same jury to spare his life.

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