Dylann Roof granted request to represent himself in trial

Dylann Roof granted request to represent himself in trial

Accused Mother Emanuel AME shooter Dylann Roof will represent himself in the trial of nine slain African-American parishioners last June.

Roof requested he be allowed represent himself before the prospective jurors were brought into the courtroom Monday.

RELATED: Read the live blog of the trial.

U.S. District Judge Richard Gergel, meanwhile, told Roof he believed it would be in the suspect's best interest to have counsel.

"I think it is wise for you to be represented by counsel," Gergel said.

Despite that, Gergel granted Roof permission to represent himself in the trial. However, Roof will allow his former counsel to remain in stand-by and to sit next to him during trial.

Roof's renowned death penalty attorney, David Bruck, moved over and Roof took the seat closest to the aisle -- directly across from Prosecutor Jay Richardson, who's hoping to send Roof to death row.

After Gergel granted Roof's request, prospective jurors were brought into the courtroom.

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