Judge grants motion for Dylann Roof to represent himself

A judge ruled Monday that accused Charleston church shooter Dylann Roof will be allowed to represent himself in court.

CHARLESTON, S.C. -- Dylann Roof, the man accused of killing nine African Americans in a Charleston church, has been granted his motion to represent himself.

Roof's took the stand Monday in an effort to dismiss his counsel and represent himself. His request came against his lawyer's advice, and U.S. District Judge Richard Gergel said he would reluctantly accept the 22-year-old's "unwise" decision.

The Associated Press reported that noted death penalty attorney David Bruck slid over and let Roof take the lead chair. 

The lawyers can stand by and help if Roof asks.

Federal prosecutors are seeking the death penalty against Roof on hate crime, obstruction of religion and other charges after authorities say he walked into a Wednesday night Bible study at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston and opened fire.

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