Prosecutors in a Charleston church sharpened hearing complacent their box Wednesday after job a survivor of a attack, Polly Sheppard, to testify. Sheppard took a mount as supervision attorneys played a horrific 911 call she placed while stealing underneath a list inside a church’s brotherhood gymnasium that night.
“He’s coming, he’s coming, he coming,” Sheppard can be listened on fasten revelation a 911 dispatcher.
The recording suggested to a jury, spectators in a courtroom, and reporters tweeting out a twin that Sheppard had placed a call while Roof was still inside a church. On a call, she described him to a runner as “a 21-year-old white dude.”
“He’s got [the gun] in his hand. He’s reloading,” she told a dispatcher, who urged her to stay as still as she presumably could.
At one indicate a runner asked her either she could close a doors of a church. “I can’t pierce while he’s here,” Sheppard replied.
Sheppard testified that she placed a call with a phone of Ethel Lance, one of a slain victims. She pronounced that a initial time she attempted to call she misdialed. After she got through, she relayed to a runner a destruction inside a hall. “He shot a pastor. He shot all a group in a church. Please come right away,” she said.
Prosecutors had given a jurors a preview of what they were going to hear from Sheppard during their opening statement. Sheppard “saw his boots walking closer and closer to her,” lead prosecutor Jay Richardson pronounced during his opening, describing a indicate during that Roof motionless to leave Sheppard alive.
The prosecutor told a jury Roof found Sheppard stealing underneath a list and praying out loud. He told her to close adult and asked her if she had nonetheless been shot. When she pronounced no, Roof explained that “he would leave her alive to tell his story,” Richardson said.
After Roof told her he would gangling her life, Sheppard testified, he shot 26-year-old Tywanza Sanders, who was already wounded, a second time.
Sanders had risen to his elbows, Sheppard testified, and he asked Roof “why are we doing this?” revelation him “we meant no harm” before Roof shot Sanders a second time. After that, Sheppard said, she listened a gun click twice. Roof had apparently emptied a shave from a Glock into Sanders.
After a 911 fasten ended, a supervision told a justice it had resolved a doubt of Sheppard. For his cranky examination, invulnerability profession David Bruck afterwards stood adult and said, “Ms. Sheppard, we am so sorry. we have no questions.”
When justice resumed after a brief break, Bruck told a jury that a invulnerability would not call any witnesses. Asked by a decider if he wished to attest on his possess behalf, Roof pronounced no and a invulnerability complacent a case. Closing statements during a shame proviso of a box are scheduled for Thursday.
Hear a finish 911 call from Polly Sheppard: