Supreme Court denies Dylann Roof’s death penalty appeal

The Supreme Court has denied an appeal by Charleston church shooter Dylann Roof, who killed nine members of a Black church in 2015.

Roof was sentenced to death for a federal hate crime.

Roof and his attorneys tried to appeal the ruling last year, but their request was denied. A panel of federal judges in that ruling said the legal record could not appropriately capture the “full horror” of Roof’s actions.

The Associates Press reports that Roof wanted the Supreme Court to make a ruling on whether or not attorneys can bring evidence questioning their client’s mental health into a trial without the client’s consent.

Roof fired his legal team and represented himself during the sentencing phase of the trial. According to the AP, he took over in an attempt to block evidence that would paint him as mentally ill.

The justices ultimately chose not to comment on the appeal attempt.

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