Supreme Court rejects appeal from Dylann Roof, who killed 9 at South Carolina church

Convicted murderer Dylann Roof entering court
Dylann Roof enters a courtroom in Charleston, S.C., to enter his guilty plea to murder charges in April 2017.
(Grace Beahm / Post and Courier)

The Supreme Court has rejected an appeal from Dylann Roof, who challenged his death sentence and conviction in the 2015 racist slayings of nine members of a Black church in South Carolina.

Roof had asked the high court to decide how to handle disputes between capital defendants and their attorneys over evidence relating to mental illness. The justices did not comment Tuesday in turning away the appeal.

Roof fired his attorneys and represented himself during the sentencing phase of his capital trial, part of his effort to block evidence potentially portraying him as mentally ill.


Roof shot participants at a Bible study session at Mother Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, S.C.

A panel of appellate judges had previously upheld his conviction and death sentence.

Roof, 28, is on federal death row at a maximum-security prison in Terre Haute, Ind. He can still pursue other appeals.