CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) -Dylann Roof told FBI agents in his confession to killing nine black church members in Charleston last year the he planned to kill himself but changed his mind when no police officers showed up immediately after the shooting.
Roof was arrested the following day in North Carolina. His recorded confession was played Friday for jurors at his death penalty trial. It was the first time it has been publicly aired.
In the video, Roof says he chose the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal church in part because it’s the oldest black church in the South. He also says he knew there would be a small group of blacks there.
His defense team has largely conceded his guilt and has instead tried to focus on sparing him the death penalty.