Dylann Roof, who is facing the death penalty for the hate-fueled killings of nine black churchgoers, makes his opening statement at his trial in this courtroom sketch in Charleston
Dylann Roof, who is facing the death penalty for the hate-fueled killings of nine black churchgoers, makes his opening statement at his trial in this courtroom sketch in Charleston, South Carolina, U.S., January 4, 2017. REUTERS/Sketch by Robert Maniscalco

CHARLESTON, S.C. (Reuters) – U.S. prosecutors and convicted murderer Dylann Roof on Tuesday will give their closing arguments about whether he should be sentenced to death or life in prison for the hate-fueled killings of nine black people at a South Carolina church.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Jay Richardson said on Monday he worried what Roof, a 22-year-old white supremacist who is representing himself, might tell jurors who will weigh his punishment for the June 2015 massacre at the historic Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston.

“I’m just concerned that he will bring up things that aren’t in evidence and talk about his views,” Richardson said in federal court.

U.S. District…