The man accused of killing nine people at a black church in Charleston, South Carolina has been granted his request to represent himself.
Dylann Roof’s motion was approved by a federal judge Monday. Roof, 22, was deemed competent to stand trial last week.
The Associated Press reported that Roof’s request came despite his lawyer’s advice. U.S. District Judge Richard Gergel said the decision was made reluctantly to accept Roof’s “unwise” decision.
Roof is charged in connection to the June 2015 attack at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church Charleston. Included in the charges are hate crimes and obstruction of religion.