Convicted Charleston church killer wants to fire Jewish, Indian lawyers

Cheryl Sanders
September 19, 2017

Dylann Roof, the convicted white supremacist murderer of nine black churchgoers in Charleston, SC, wants to dismiss and replace his legal team because they are his "political and biological enemies", he says in a handwritten letter filed with the 4th US Circuit Court of Appeals Monday.

"My two now appointed attorneys, Alexandra Yates and Sapna Mirchandani, are Jewish and Indian respectively", Roof wrote in a letter filed Monday with the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

Roof was convicted previous year and given a death sentence in January for killing nine black churchgoers due to their race. The manifesto outlining his views is full of racist and anti-Semitic rants.


In the petition filed to the U.S. 4th Circuit Court of Appeals on September 18, Roof also expressed his concerns over his federal trial lawyer, David Isaac Bruck, a man of Jewish origin.

News confirmed that the handwritten request was filed by Roof himself before the United States #4Th Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday.

He struggled against his court-appointed attorney David Bruck, who is Jewish, represented himself at the sentencing phase of the trial.


Convicted mass shooter Dylann Roof seeks... Charleston is 120 miles from the Columbia area, where Roof lived.

'Trust is a vital component in an attorney client relationship and is important to the effectiveness of the defense. According to Roof, races makes his current lawyers his "political and biological enemies". The Post and Courier reported that Bruck wanted to present evidence of Roof's mental illness in a bid to spare his life, but Roof opposed it. One of the appointed attorneys is Jewish and the other is of Indian descent.

Roof was found guilty of all counts against him, including hate crime charges, at a federal trial last December.


Yates and Mirchandani were appointed as his attorneys in January after he filed his appeal. After the jury deliberated for two hours [VIDEO]and came back with a unanimous guilty verdict, the presiding Judge, Richard Gergel, then formally sentenced Roof.

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