Mother suffers a heart attack during son’s death penalty trial

By: The Associated Press

CHARLESTON, S.C.  – Dylann Roof’s lawyers say his mother suffered a heart attack after listening to opening statements in her son’s death penalty trial.              

Roof’s mother collapsed as she tried to stand after prosecutor Jay Richardson detailed what he said was Roof’s cold and calculated plan to kill nine black people in a Charleston church in a racially motivated attack.             

She said "I’m sorry” several times as family members and court security came to help. The filing did not give her current condition.   

Roof’s lawyers detailed the heart attack in a request Thursday for a mistrial because of the emotional testimony of the first day of his death penalty trial.

U.S. District Judge Richard Gergel denied the request and testimony continued Thursday.

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