Roof told Gergel that he wanted his attorneys to continue sitting at his table during the trial and act as his “stand-by counsel,” according to the Post and Courier newspaper.
Prosecutors say that Roof “self-radicalized” online, absorbing violent white supremacist beliefs through the Internet, rather than from any personal experiences or associations.
After the church massacre, authorities found a manifesto online that belonged to Roof and was filled with racist characterizations of black people. It also contained images of Roof holding a Confederate battle flag and standing in front of a Confederate museum.
Authorities say they have found two handwritten manifestos from Roof, one in his jail cell and the other in his car. They also say they located a list of churches.