Convicted Charleston church shooter formally sentenced to death 01/11/2017 12:52 pm PST Comments via WMBF: CHARLESTON, S.C. -- (WMBF) -- The man accused of killing nine parishioners at a downtown Charleston church in 2015 was formally sentenced to death Wednesday. Dylann Roof, 22, received the sentence in a Charleston courtroom Wednesday after impact statements from loved ones of the victims of the June 17, 2015, Mother Emanuel AME Church shooting testified. As U.S. District Judge Richard Gergel read through the 33 counts Roof was charged with and affirmed the jury's decision, Roof looked straight ahead. Roof showed no reaction as he has through almost all of the federal hate crimes trial. He also did not choose to speak Wednesday and kept a blank face as Gergel sentenced him. Roof then requested new representation, telling the judge that he "doesn't trust" his standby counsel. Gergel denied the motion stating, "I feel it would be a great loss of resources and talent...I deny your motion." Before Gergel handed down the formal sentencing the court heard impact statements from more than 30 family members of the victims. FULL STORY: Convicted Charleston church shooter formally sentenced to death - WMBF #Charleston #DylannRoof #SouthCarolina #WMBF Related Stories Dylann Roof found guilty on all counts in Mother Emanuel AME shooting On hallowed ground: Murders in places of worship Jury sentences Dylann Roof to death Judge rules Dylann Roof can represent self in Charleston murder trial Prosecutors to seek death penalty against Dylann Roof Judge denies mistrial after church shooting survivor calls suspect 'evil' Jury shown surveillance video showing Dylann Roof purchasing gun Judge rules Dylann Roof competent to stand trial during sentencing Judge: State trial against Dylann Roof delayed indefinitely Dylann Roof laughed during church slaying confession to FBI Charleston church shooter Dylann Roof assaulted in jail Waiting for your permission to load facebook comments.