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Charleston Shooter Reached Out to Other Racists

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As the federal sentencing phase for Charleston, S.C., church shooter Dylann Roof goes into its third day, and jurors prepare to begin deliberating next week over giving him the death penalty, the lead FBI agent on the case testified that he had made contact with other White supremacists months before the shooting.

FBI Special Agent Joseph Hamski told jurors that he discovered postings from Roof’s computer to Stormfront.org, a website popular with radical racists. The postings came from an account called “LilAryan” and registered to Roof’s e-mail address, the Charleston Post and Courier reported.

In Feb. 2015, Roof posted his praise on the website of a 1993 HBO documentary titled “Skinheads USA: Soldiers of the Race War,” which was about White supremacists in Alabama. Then he posted an several messages on the website including to its members in the Columbia, S.C., area to meet up with him. It was unclear from the testimony, however, if the meetings happened.

Prosecutors are expected to begin to finalize their case against Roof, who is representing himself in the penalty phase of the trial. He said that he does not intend to call witnesses or introduce evidence on his own behalf. Earlier this week, he coldly told the court that he had no remorse for the shooting deaths of nine members of Emanuel A.M.E. church in June 2015.

In a jailhouse manifesto read in the Charleston courtroom, Roof wrote: “I would like to make it crystal clear I do not regret what I did,” he wrote in his distinctive scrawl. “I am not sorry. I have not shed a tear for the innocent people I killed.”

After the federal trial, Roof was scheduled to begin a second trial on state murder charges. But that has been delayed indefinitely by a South Carolina judge in order to finalize the federal trial and make time for the state trial, according to WCSC-TV.