- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 14, 2016

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - The Latest on the federal death penalty trial of Dylann Roof, accused of killing nine black people during a South Carolina church Bible study(all times local):

12:25 p.m.

Lawyers for the man accused of killing nine black parishioners at a South Carolina church have rested their case without calling any witnesses after a judge ruled they could not present evidence about his mental health.

U.S. District Judge Richard Gergel then sent the jury in Dylann Roof’s case home for the day just after noon Wednesday.

Closing arguments are planned Thursday with the jury then deciding if Roof is guilty of federal hate crimes and obstruction of religion. If they find Roof guilty, that same jury will return next month and decide if he is sentenced to death or life in prison.

Defense attorney David Bruck wanted to call mental health experts and present job applications and academic records. But Gergel says that evidence was irrelevant to whether Roof is guilty of attacking the church.

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11:45 a.m.

Prosecutors wrapped up their case in the death penalty trial of Dylann Roof with the tearful 911 call made by a survivor he intentionally left behind.

Polly Sheppard was on the stand for 40 minutes Wednesday. She spent half of her testimony recalling each of the nine people killed on June 17, 2015, at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston.

She also spoke about the minutes of terror after Roof stood up, as the victims closed their eyes for a prayer to end Bible study, and started firing nearly 80 shots.

Sheppard also recounted how Roof told her to shut up as she prayed aloud and that he would leave her alive to tell people he attacked the historic African-American church because he hated black people.

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10:50 a.m.

A medical examiner testifying at Dylann Roof’s death penalty trial is showing jurors a slide show with generic drawings of the nine victims of the Charleston church shooting last year.

Dr. Erin Presnell also had X-rays of each person killed at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, with black spots the size of a penny showing the bullets that remained inside of them and pictures of the bullets she removed.

She said Wednesday that every victim was shot at least five times. Many of them had several wounds to their arms. Several times, Presnell stepped down from the stand to show how someone with their arms pulled up tight against them could end up having a bullet enter and exit their bodies several times.

Other victims had shots closely clustered together. Earlier testimony from Roof’s confession to the FBI and survivor Felicia Sanders said many of the victims hid under tables when the shooting started.

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10 a.m.

A medical examiner says it took her four days to complete the autopsies of the nine people killed in a shooting last year at a Charleston church.

Dr. Erin Presnell testified Wednesday at Dylann Roof’s federal death penalty trial on hate crime charges.

She opened her testimony by saying it took her four days to finish examining all the bodies after the June 17, 2015, shooting, including working through a weekend and doing three autopsies the Monday after the victims were killed at a Wednesday night Bible study at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church.

Some family members of the victims stayed out of the courtroom as Presnell testified.

Roof stared forward at the defense table.

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2:45 a.m.

Prosecutors are expected to call their final witnesses in the case against the man accused of killing nine blacks during a Bible study at a South Carolina church.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Jay Richardson says he could rest his case against Dylann Roof by late Wednesday morning. As his final witness, Richardson is planning to call Polly Sheppard, a survivor of the June 2015 shootings at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston.

Before Sheppard, Richardson says a medical examiner will testify about the victims’ injuries.

Roof faces 33 federal charges including hate crimes. His attorneys say Roof would be willing to plead guilty if prosecutors dropped their pursuit of the death penalty.

Attorney David Bruck says he plans to call several witnesses in Roof’s defense.


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