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Dylann Roof's confession to killing nine black church members in a racially motivated attack past year will be publicly aired for the first time Friday when prosecutors play a recording of police questioning the young white man.
Roof is charged with federal hate crimes and obstruction of justice in the nine shooting deaths at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church on June 17, 2015. Several people in a courtroom area for family members of the victims comforted each other while others dabbed tears from their eyes.
Roof, who is white, is charged with killing nine black parishioners at the church in an attempt to start a race war.
On Friday, the jury will get to hear what Roof told Federal Bureau of Investigation agents about the crime, when prosecutors show his almost two-hour videotaped confession. Rev Clementa Pinckney invited him to sit next to him and he remained seated for about 30 minutes before opening fire. One picture showed Tywanza Sanders lying on his back with pools of blood around him.
Prosecutors have said 70 rounds were fired.
Shell casings and cartridge magazines were scattered around as were Bibles and purses. Previous information presented on Wednesday indicated the shooter had a total of 88 bullets. Blood could be seen under the chairs.
Jurors were also shown dashcam video from two police cruisers showing the apprehension of deranged killer.
Jurors also saw video surveillance of the suspect, who the government identified as Roof, driving into the church parking lot and entering the church.
Her reference to hell was in response to a sole question put to her during a brief cross-examination by Roof's lead attorney, David Bruck. The court has not yet taken up the motion.
"He's evil. There's no place on earth for him except the pit of hell", she told the court.
In Roof's essay, he said he thought blacks were stupid, inferior to whites and violent. Then she saw Roof with a weapon, and screamed, "he has a gun". The rest of the blurry video will be shown throughout the third day of testimony.
Michael Meyers, a patrol sergeant with the Shelby Police Department, also testified and told the jurors that Roof had complied with the officers' commands.
According to Meyers, Roof admitted he was "personally involved" in the Mother Emanuel shooting.
Felicia Sanders said: "I just thought he was somebody coming in to seek the word", adding that he chuckled during the class and "hanged his head down, most of the time, just the way he's doing now".
Keion Gordon, a friend of Tywanza Sanders, testified on Thursday to a Snapchat video which showed Roof during the bible study at the Mother Emanuel AME church. It was available only to Sanders' friends. The medical examiner collected 54 bullets or fragments from the nine victims, she said.
They also show Roof pulling up next to the side door and getting out of his vehicle.
Testimony from officers who responded to the scene can be expected Thursday. The younger Sanders died by his mother's side.
O the evening of June 17, 2015, Roof sat with parishioners for a almost hour-long bible study session.
"He said he was going to kill himself". Roof's defense team is not contesting Roof's guilt during the trial, but says their goal is to help Roof avoid the death penalty.
Roof faces 33 charges in the federal trial.