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Court shows jail videos Charleston shooter Dylann Roof didn't want released

3 months 6 days 23 hours ago Tuesday, May 16 2017 May 16, 2017 May 16, 2017 1:00 PM May 16, 2017 in News
Source: Associated Press

For the first time, federal officials showed videos of convicted South Carolina church shooter Dylann Roof's jailhouse visits with his family.

Roof's lawyers wanted to show the videos during his death penalty trial for killing nine worshippers in a racist attack at Emanuel AME Church in June 2015 in Charleston.

But Roof was so adamant about violating his privacy that he fired his lawyers so they couldn't present the evidence to try to save his life.

In nearly three hours of jailhouse video, Roof is seen joking with his family, asking about his cats and becoming upset when his relatives suggest he should use his lawyers.

Federal officials showed the videos to reporters in Charleston on Tuesday. The videos were part of hearings that determined the white supremacist was competent to stand trial for killing nine black church members.

Many of Roof's bizarre behaviors are evident in the video. He laughs at inappropriate times and cries once when he insists he has syphilis even though he had been examined and did not have the disease.

Roof mainly argued with his mother and joked with his father, who once asked his son why the government is wasting so much money on him.

Roof was sentenced to death for the killings.

The videos are not being released to the public.

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