Even Roof’s lawyers never disputed his guilt. Dylann Roof was accused of hate crime resulting in death, obstruction of religion and firearms violations. The US government is seeking the death penalty.
The taped confession, played on the third day of 22-year-old Roof’s trial in Charleston, gave jurors a chance to hear him admit to the June 2015 massacre at the historic Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church.
“I went to that church in Charleston and, uh, I did it,” Roof told investigators after his arrest in Shelby, North Carolina, about 13 hours after security video showed him leaving the church.
“Did what?” FBI agent Michael Stansbury asked on the video.
“It’s not what I normally say because I don’t want to make myself seem guilty,” Roof said. “Well, I did, I killed them. Well, I guess.”
Before the video began, Shelby Police Officer Scott Hamrick told jurors Roof did not appear to be under the influence of any substances when police stopped his car.
Inside the vehicle, they found the gun used in the shooting, as well as movie tickets among Roof’s belongings, officers have testified.