A federal appeals court denied mass shooter Dylann Roof’s racially motivated request to replace his Jewish and Indian attorneys Tuesday.
Roof, the white supremacist shooter responsible for the 2015 massacre at a South Carolina black church, sent a handwritten request Monday to the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals to replace his lawyers on the grounds that they were his racial enemies, according to the Associated Press. The court denied Roof’s request on Tuesday.
“It will be impossible for me to trust two attorneys that are my political and biological enemies,” Roof wrote in his appeal.
The court, in the spirit of brevity, issued an 11 word response Tuesday to Roof’s request: “The court denies the motion for substitution of counsel on appeal.”
Roof killed nine black congregants of Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, S.C., June 2015, and in January 2017 a jury unanimously sentenced him to death. Roof’s lawyers continue their work to appeal his death sentence.
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