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Life-in-prison or death only options for Dylann Roof

Published:Sunday | December 18, 2016 | 12:00 AM
Dylann Roof during a court appearance.

Dylann Roof will almost certainly spend the rest of his days in prison after being convicted of hate crimes for killing nine black worshippers at a South Carolina church, but whether they'll end in lethal injection has yet to be determined.

The same jury that convicted Roof last Thursday will return on January 3 to decide whether to impose a death sentence or life in prison for the June 2015 massacre at, Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston.

When that testimony starts, Roof will be his own attorney. Immediately after he was convicted of 33 counts, he again fired his defence lawyers.

Those attorneys have suggested in court papers that Roof doesn't want them introducing embarrassing evidence that could spare his life.