The prosecution and defense rested Wednesday in the federal trial of accused Charleston Church shooter, Dylann Roof.
According to WCIV-TV, Roof told a federal judge that he will not testify in his defense. After that after prosecutors closed their case with shooting survivor Polly Sheppard as their final witness.
When Sheppard’s testimony ended the jury was sent away for a recess. Roof went before U.S. District Judge Richard Gergel and was placed under oath. That’s when the judge asked him if he wanted to testify, Roof said he did not.
The defense officially rested its case after the jury was brought back into the courtroom. The judge told the courtroom that they would reconvene Thursday at 9:30 a.m., that’s when closing arguments will start.
Roof is charged with shooting and killing nine black parishioners at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston on the evening of June 17th, 2015.
The morning after the attack, police arrested Roof, in Shelby, North Carolina. Roof later confessed that he committed the shooting in hopes of igniting a race war.