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Published: Mon, December 12, 2016
Economy | By Melissa Porter

Dylann Roof explains shooting in Federal Bureau of Investigation confession

Dylann Roof explains shooting in Federal Bureau of Investigation confession

Whether Roof is remorseful or not should have no bearing on his death penalty trial.

But for all the certainty he claimed about the superiority of the white race and a world that harkens back to the Jim Crow era, he seemed at several points to be unsure of his goals.

In his writings, he called for reinstating segregation, deporting some minorities, and an end to interracial marriages, saying that white women who choose to be with black men are "not beyond saving". "We already are the second-class citizens" Roof said, referring to white people.

On an unrelated note, he wrote that one of his only regrets is that "I was never able to fall in love". "What I did is still minuscule to what they're doing to white people every day".

Roof could not even initially recall how many people he had shot, telling investigators it was just five.

The recording may offer more insight into why Roof attacked the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal church during Bible study on June 17, 2015.

In the confession, Roof said he left bullets in a magazine so that he could kill himself after the slayings but changed his mind when he didn't immediately see any police.

He was arrested the next day during a traffic stop in North Carolina, about 250 miles (400 kilometers) north of the site of the shooting in Charleston, South Carolina. While law enforcement had said before that this confession existed, this was the first time it has been played publicly.

In the video, Roof says he chose the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal church in part because it's the oldest black church in the South.

He chose the Charleston church for the shooting because he knew "at least a small amount of black people" would be gathered there. His defense has largely conceded that he committed the murders and has instead focused on trying to spare him the death penalty.

Dec 10, 2016- The South Carolina man accused of shooting dead nine black church-goers past year chuckled as he admitted the massacre, in a video shown to the jury.

In the video, Roof is seen laughing at times in response to the Federal Bureau of Investigation agents questions like when an agent reminded him that he left a woman alive to tell the story of what happened.

At one point, an agent asked if Roof thought about killing more blacks.

The agents later discuss another photo of Roof which shows the number "1488".

The primary questioning was done by Federal Bureau of Investigation agent Michael Stanbury, who also testified in court Friday about the tape.

Afterwards, an agent asks him what he think should happen to him to which Roof replies,"I don't know how to answer that".

"I had to do it because somebody had to do it", Mr Roof said in the taped confession.

Roof was speaking calmly.

"I killed them", Mr Roof said.

On the day of the murders, Roof drove almost two hours from Columbia to Charleston, prosecutors have said.

U.S. District Judge Richard Gergel denied the mistrial request and said he interpreted Sanders' testimony as "a religious comment".

Roof's lawyers haven't contested that he shot and killed nine black people in a Charleston church in a racially motivated attack in June 2015.

If jurors find Mr Roof guilty, they will decide whether he should be put to death or spend the rest of his life in prison.

Dylann Roof's confession to killing nine black church members in a racially motivated attack previous year will be publicly aired for the first time Friday when prosecutors play a recording of police questioning the young white man.

Before the atrocity, Roof sat with parishioners in a Bible study group at the church.

On Thursday, jurors saw stark 360-degree photographs of the crime scene in the church's fellowship hall.

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