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Dylann Roof Calls Testimony from Victims' Families 'Unfair'

Roof expressed displeasure over the "extent and depth" of court testimony provided by the loved ones of the nine people he murdered in 2015 at a historically black church in Charleston, South Carolina.

Dylann Roof expressed his displeasure on Thursday over the "extent and depth" of court testimony provided by the loved ones of the nine people he murdered in 2015 at a historically black church in Charleston, South Carolina.

In a court motion filed during the second day of his death penalty trial, the self-avowed white supremacist wrote that he objected to the government's plans to call a total of 38 witnesses to the stand. It was, Roof suggested, too many. He cited previous federal trials in which the defendant was facing the death penalty, including the trial of 1995 Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh in which 38 witnesses were also called.

Since Roof's body count was much lower—nine compared to McVeigh's 168—Roof contended that calling the same number of witnesses was unfair.

Earlier in the day, before the courtroom took a break for lunch, Roof had objected to a video introduced by the prosecution and played in the courtroom. Recorded by Chris Singleton, the son of victim Sharonda Coleman-Singleton, the video shows Singleton rapping lyrics that he wrote in memory of his dead mother.

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