Story highlights Dylann Roof will be formally sentenced after jury voted for death penaltyFederal executions are rare with three taking place since 1988Charleston, South Carolina (CNN) Dylann Roof will be formally sentenced Wednesday after being given the death penalty for the massacre of nine people at a historically black church in Charleston. Roof will become the first federal hate crime defendant to be sentenced to death, a Justice Department spokesman said. JUST WATCHED Dylann Roof: 'I do not regret what I did' Replay More Videos ... MUST WATCH Dylann Roof: 'I do not regret what I did' 03:39Roof who had chosen to represent himself during the penalty phase, has told the judge he wants to file a motion for new lawyers. Gergel said Roof can argue that on Wednesday but the judge is not inclined to let that happen. During the penalty phase, he cast his defense attorneys aside, telling jurors that he chose to represent himself to "prevent my lawyers from misrepresentation."
Source: CNN January 11, 2017 06:44 UTC