Prosecutors to play confession in church shooting trial

Dylann Storm Roof
(AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) – Prosecutors in South Carolina say they plan to play Dylann Roof’s recorded confession during his federal death penalty trial in the Charleston church shootings.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Jay Richardson says he plans to play the confession for jurors Friday as the trial enters a third day.

Roof is on trial on 33 federal counts, including hate crimes, in the shootings at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in June 2015. Prosecutors say Roof shot and killed nine black parishioners during Bible study there because he wanted to start a race war.

On Thursday, jurors saw stark 360-degree photographs of the crime scene in the church’s fellowship hall. They saw the victims lying in pools of blood with bullets and ammunition magazines scattered around the scene.