Dylann Roof says Indian and Jewish lawyers are his 'biological enemies'
Charleston church killer Dylann Roof wants to fire two lawyers trying to keep him from being executed because they are Jewish and Indian and therefore his “biological enemies.”
The convicted gunman, who killed nine black members of Emanuel AME in June 2015, sent a handwritten note to a judge on Monday saying that it is “quite literally impossible” that his appointed advocates Alexandra Yates and Sapna Mirchandani could be on his side.
Roof, 23, said that he wanted to start a race war with the South Carolina shooting, and published an online manifesto where he posed with symbols such as the Confederate flag.
“Because of my political views, which are arguably religious, it will be impossible for me to trust two attorneys that are my political and biological enemies,” the killer wrote to a court in Virginia, seat for the U.S. Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals.
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“The difficulties during my trial are evidence of this,” continued the note, republished by the Post and Courier.
Roof was found guilty of all counts against him, including hate crime charges, at a federal trial last December.
He was sentenced to death earlier this year after acting as his own attorney for the sentencing portion and calling no witnesses.
Lawyer David Bruck had wanted to put forward evidence of mental illness at the trial to avoid capital punishment, though Roof did not want to and fought with the counsel.
Roof said in his Monday letter that Bruck’s Judaism was “a constant source of conflict event with my constant efforts to look past it.”
The gunman pleaded guilty to state murder charges in April, avoiding a second death penalty.