Judge unseals dozens of Dylann Roof documents

Dylann Storm Roof
FILE - In this June 18, 2015, file photo, Charleston, S.C., shooting suspect Dylann Storm Roof is escorted from the Cleveland County Courthouse in Shelby, N.C. Solicitor Scarlett Wilson told The Associated Press on Friday, March 31, 2017, that Roof is scheduled to enter a guilty plea during a hearing on April 10 in Charleston. The plea on all of his state charges, including nine counts of murder, comes in exchange for a sentence of life in prison, the prosecutor said. Roof has been awaiting trial on state murder charges for the deaths of nine black parishioners at Charleston's Emanuel AME Church in June 2015. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton, File)

A federal judge unsealed dozens of documents tied to the Dylann Roof murder case Tuesday.

Until now, the items were kept from public view to protect Roof’s right to a fair trial.   Among the unsealed items is a handwritten letter roof sent to the U.S. Attorneys Office in Charleston.   In the letter, Roof described his attorneys as, “the sneakiest group of people,” he had ever met.

Roof eventually fired his lawyers and acted as his own attorney during parts of his trial. He didn’t want evidence of any mental problems made public.  According to federal court documents, Roof’s defense team has until April 25 to provide U.S. District Court Judge Richard Gergel with proposed redactions on several more documents before they are unsealed.

Roof received a death sentence for killing nine people at Charleston’s Emanuel A.M.E Church.

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