U.S. prosecutors on Monday rested their case against white supremacist Dylann Roof, the convicted murderer they argue should be executed for killing nine black parishioners at a historic Charleston, South Carolina, church in June 2015.
Jurors heard four days of poignant testimony from more than 20 family and friends of the victims – who recounted the lives of their loved ones, ages 26 to 87, and the impact of their deaths – during the penalty phase of Roof’s federal capital trial.
The same jury last month found Roof, 22, guilty of 33 counts of federal hate crimes resulting in death, obstruction of religion and firearms charges for the massacre during a Bible study meeting at the landmark Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church.
Roof, who is representing himself, asked the trial judge for a brief recess after the testimony against him concluded on Monday.
He has said he would present no evidence. He told jurors in an opening statement last week that he was serving as his own lawyer to prevent their hearing any details about his mental health.
(Editing by Colleen Jenkins; Editing by Jonathan Oatis)