CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) – Prosecutors are ending their case towards Dylann Roof in his dying penalty trial within the killing of 9 black worshippers at a Charleston church.
Testimony opened Thursday with a presentation from Dr. Erin Presnell, the medical expert who stated she did autopsies on all 9 victims over 4 days. Prosecutors are anticipated to wrap up their case with testimony from a survivor who they are saying Roof deliberately left behind in order that she inform individuals about his racially motivated assault.
The medical expert had a slide present with generic drawings of the victims with their gunshot wounds marked by letters. She additionally had X-rays of every individual killed at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, with black spots the dimensions of a penny displaying the bullets that remained inside them and footage of the bullets she eliminated.
Each sufferer was shot at the least 5 occasions, Presnell stated. Lots of them had a number of wounds to their arms. A number of occasions, Presnell stepped down from the stand to point out how somebody with their arms pulled up tight towards them might find yourself having a bullet enter and exit their our bodies a number of occasions.
Different victims had photographs intently clustered collectively. Earlier testimony from Roof’s confession to the FBI and survivor Felicia Sanders stated most of the victims hid underneath tables when the capturing began.
Prosecutors requested Presnell what killed every sufferer. Her reply for nearly each one: “a number of gunshot wounds to very important organs.”
Sheppard and different relations of victims stayed out of the courtroom for Presnell’s testimony.
After Presnell finishes testifying, assistant U.S. Lawyer Jay Richardson stated he plans to name to the stand Polly Sheppard, who Sanders and Roof each stated he left alive to inform people who the 22-yr-previous white man killed the 9 black individuals as revenge due to crimes blacks had dedicated towards whites and different racist beliefs.
Lawyer David Bruck has stated he plans to name a number of witnesses in Roof’s protection, and the case is predicted to go to the jury on Thursday.
If the jury finds Roof responsible of hate crimes and obstruction of faith, they’ll return subsequent month to determine if he’s sentenced to life in jail or the demise penalty.
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