Dylann Roof, the white supremacist who was sentenced to death in the murders of nine black parishioners at a historic black church in Charleston, S.C., suffers from several mental disorders, attorneys claimed in an unsealed court document, CNN reports.
According to the network, his legal team filed the document Dec. 6, the day before opening statements were scheduled in his federal trial, in an attempt to secure certain accommodations for Roof.
His lawyers cited a competency hearing in which a doctor noted that Roof has “social anxiety disorder, a mixed substance abuse disorder, a schizoid personality disorder, depression by history and a possible autistic spectrum disorder.”
Roof’s lawyers argued that the listed disorders inhibited Roof’s ability to stand trial, and included effects such as difficulty processing multiple sources of information, an excessive focus on nonessential details, difficulty retaining information when required to focus on multiple things, an extreme need for predictability and routine, anxiety when things can’t be predicted, and a tendency to be easily overwhelmed.
“Without some accommodation,” the lawyers said, “the defendant’s disabilities will impair his ability to participate in his trial,” citing violation of the Fifth, Sixth and Eighth amendments.