Dylann Storm Roof, the American white supremacist man convicted of opening fire on a group of black people on June 17, 2015, at a Charleston church has said that he isn’t sorry for his crime.
Roof is accused of murdering nine African-Americans at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church.
One person was injured in the shooting.
On Wednesday, Roof told the jurors in charge of deciding his sentence that he had no remorse for his actions.
“Other than the fact that I trust people that I shouldn’t and the fact that I’m probably better at constantly embarrassing myself than anyone who’s ever existed, there’s nothing wrong with me psychologically”, he said.
Roof could face the death penalty.
Roof wrote in a manifesto, six weeks after his arrest, “I would like to make it crystal clear I do not regret what I did. I am not sorry. I have not shed a tear for the innocent people I killed.”
“I do feel sorry for the innocent white children forced to live in this sick country and I do feel sorry for the innocent white people that are killed daily at the hands of the lower race. I have shed a tear of self-pity for myself. I feel pity that I had to do what I did in the first place. I feel pity that I had to give up my life because of a situation that should never have existed.”
The prosecutor, Nathan S. Williams, an assistant United States attorney, told the jury “The defendant didn’t stop after shooting one person or two or four or five; he killed nine people. The death penalty is justified”.
The sentencing trial is expected to continue for a week.
On December 15, 2016 Roof was found guilty in federal court of 33 counts, including hate crimes, obstruction of religion resulting in death, and firearms charges, the New York Times reports .
Roof is also awaiting trial in South Carolina state court on nine counts of murder, three counts of attempted murder, and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony. That trial is set to start on January 17, 2017.