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By Jessica Travis on Friday, January 30, 2017

On June 17, 2015, Dylann Roof entered a historic black church in Charleston, South Carolina and sat in on a bible study group. After sitting with the group for 40 minutes, and during a time of prayer, he pulled out a gun and began shooting, firing off over 70 rounds, killing nine people. After the shooting, he showed no remorse for what he had done, stated he was a white supremacist, and claimed that he had to do it, hoping to incite a race war.

Roof pled not guilty to the 33 federal charges against him. During the trial, Roof and his defense team did not call any witnesses and Roof did not take the stand in his defense. The jury was shown a video of Roof’s confession to the mass shooting that he gave to FBI agents after he was taken into custody. His trial lasted almost a week, and on December 15, 2016, after two hours of deliberations, the jury found him guilty of all 33 federal charges, including hate crime charges.

The prosecutor decided to seek the death penalty, and against the court’s recommendations, Roof chose to represent himself for the

sentencing phase of his trial, firing his attorneys. Before Roof’s sentencing hearing, the court-appointed attorneys working on his defense, filed a motion, requesting the court deem Roof incompetent to represent himself for his sentencing hearing. However, the Judge ruled that Roof was competent to stand trial and to represent himself.

Roof’s sentencing hearing was held on January 10, 2017. During the sentencing hearing, Roof did not present any witnesses, or provide any evidence, while the prosecution called multiple witnesses. Roof did not cross-examine or any of the prosecutor’s witnesses during the sentencing hearing. The prosecutor gave a two-hour closing statement asking for the death penalty. For his closing statement, Roof spoke for only five-minutes, reminding jurors that they had the option to give him a life sentence instead of the death penalty. During his closing argument Roof said, “I felt like I had to do it, and I still feel like I had to do it.” After only three hours of deliberation, the jury recommended the death penalty for Roof, making him the first person to be given the death penalty for a hate crime in Federal Court. Roof is also set to be tried on state murder charges, where he could potentially be given another death penalty sentence in State Court.

Testimonials

FABULOUS LAWYER

I read the reviews on here prior to hiring Jessica as my attorney. The reviews are not wrong. She is an excellent attorney. She does her research and is very professional. She let me know what to expect and understood my concerns. I hired her for a case that was less than a week away and she blew it out of the park. Thank you Jessica, that takes a real professional to be prepared that quickly. Hopefully I don't have to use you again, but if I need an attorney, I will be right back to you! I will also recommend you to any of my friends or associates who need a good lawyer with your expertise.

Anonymous

5.0
2018-07-27T17:49:45+00:00

Anonymous

I read the reviews on here prior to hiring Jessica as my attorney. The reviews are not wrong. She is an excellent attorney. She does her research and is very professional. She let me know what to expect and understood my concerns. I hired her for a case that was less than a week away and she blew it out of the park. Thank you Jessica, that takes a real professional to be prepared that quickly. Hopefully I don't have to use you again, but if I need an attorney, I will be right back to you! I will also recommend you to any of my friends or associates who need a good lawyer with your expertise.

Client Review of Jessica Ann Travis

Jessica has at all times demonstrated loyalty to the client. She goes the extra mile in representation and never gives up. She is constantly looking at all alternatives that would legally benefit the client. She goes out of her way to keep the client informed at all times. She is extremely knowledgeable of the law, procedures, the legal community, and client support services. I would highly recommend Jessica Travis with no reservations.

Carlos

5.0
2018-07-27T17:43:02+00:00

Carlos

Jessica has at all times demonstrated loyalty to the client. She goes the extra mile in representation and never gives up. She is constantly looking at all alternatives that would legally benefit the client. She goes out of her way to keep the client informed at all times. She is extremely knowledgeable of the law, procedures, the legal community, and client support services. I would highly recommend Jessica Travis with no reservations.

I can not thank her enough.

I was involved in an auto accident and went looking for a lawyer. I had found Jessica on a work website upon my searching. She made me feel very comfortable and at home. I felt very confident form the start that she was going to be able to take care of my problem. I can not thank her enough.

Natalie

5.0
2018-07-27T17:49:08+00:00

Natalie

I was involved in an auto accident and went looking for a lawyer. I had found Jessica on a work website upon my searching. She made me feel very comfortable and at home. I felt very confident form the start that she was going to be able to take care of my problem. I can not thank her enough.

The most Responsive and Trustworthy Attorney I’ve ever hired.

Jessica was very professional and knowledgeable in the law of DUI's Even though we did not win the case, she gave it here best shot and gave me the best recommendations. Jessica was a former prosecutor and now and defense lawyer. She knows and understands both sides of the judicial system which is a big plus.

Let's hope I don't ever need her services again but if I do, she will be the first person I contact. I would also recommend her to any and all friends that need her services. She is very passionate about the law and it shows in the court room. She is an outstanding attorney.

Sean

5.0
2018-07-27T17:42:25+00:00

Sean

Jessica was very professional and knowledgeable in the law of DUI's Even though we did not win the case, she gave it here best shot and gave me the best recommendations. Jessica was a former prosecutor and now and defense lawyer. She knows and understands both sides of the judicial system which is a big plus. Let's hope I don't ever need her services again but if I do, she will be the first person I contact. I would also recommend her to any and all friends that need her services. She is very passionate about the law and it shows in the court room. She is an outstanding attorney.

Customer Service, Offerings, Timeliness, Quality

I would highly recommend Jessica Travis to anyone who is in need of a Violation of Probation Lawyer. I reside out of state and with a family member needing urgent attention in a VOP case finding Jessica online was nothing I would regret.

Anonymous

5.0
2018-07-27T17:38:16+00:00

Anonymous

I would highly recommend Jessica Travis to anyone who is in need of a Violation of Probation Lawyer. I reside out of state and with a family member needing urgent attention in a VOP case finding Jessica online was nothing I would regret.

Excellent lawyer

It was a wonderful that my legal shield sent me with Mrs Travis.She was very professional and straight and even that we only contact by phone I felt confidence in her.My ticket was dismissed. Thanks.

Ronaldo

5.0
2018-07-27T17:47:39+00:00

Ronaldo

It was a wonderful that my legal shield sent me with Mrs Travis.She was very professional and straight and even that we only contact by phone I felt confidence in her.My ticket was dismissed. Thanks.

An attorney that not only cares about her clients but she also fights for justice!!

Ms. Jessica Travis is a fighter. She will not stop until she gets the justice you deserve. The felony I was charged with had two counts against me. I was facing 5 years on each count. Ms. Travis saw that the charges against me were not as what they seemed, and she worked day and night on my case. As we went to trial my charges were dropped down to probation and community service. I thought my life was over until she accepted my case. I have never met anyone that cared so much for my rights. She promised me that she would do her best to get the best deal and she did more than that. I am now working full time and my wife and I are finally getting our life back. Thank you Jessica for everything. If anyone of you need an defense attorney, Do not elsewhere. She will treat your case as if you were her only client. She is the best!!!

Anonymous

5.0
2018-07-27T17:41:35+00:00

Anonymous

Ms. Jessica Travis is a fighter. She will not stop until she gets the justice you deserve. The felony I was charged with had two counts against me. I was facing 5 years on each count. Ms. Travis saw that the charges against me were not as what they seemed, and she worked day and night on my case. As we went to trial my charges were dropped down to probation and community service. I thought my life was over until she accepted my case. I have never met anyone that cared so much for my rights. She promised me that she would do her best to get the best deal and she did more than that. I am now working full time and my wife and I are finally getting our life back. Thank you Jessica for everything. If anyone of you need an defense attorney, Do not elsewhere. She will treat your case as if you were her only client. She is the best!!!

My legal issue was taken care of efficiently . . .

My experience working with Jessica Travis was wonderful. She is diligent, knowledgeable, and professional. She made me feel at ease during the entire process. My legal issue was taken care of efficiently and I would highly recommend Jessica to handle any legal matter.

Anjum

5.0
2018-07-27T17:46:00+00:00

Anjum

My experience working with Jessica Travis was wonderful. She is diligent, knowledgeable, and professional. She made me feel at ease during the entire process. My legal issue was taken care of efficiently and I would highly recommend Jessica to handle any legal matter.

Thank you Ms. Travis you are the best!!!!

I would not hesitate to recommend Ms. Travis , for anybody looking for a high quality lawyer that also has a very personal touch in making you feel comfortable, in a very difficult, situation. Thank you Ms. Travis you are the best!!!!

Julio

5.0
2018-07-27T17:44:21+00:00

Julio

I would not hesitate to recommend Ms. Travis , for anybody looking for a high quality lawyer that also has a very personal touch in making you feel comfortable, in a very difficult, situation. Thank you Ms. Travis you are the best!!!!

Competent, Efficient, and Friendly

My experience working with Jessica Travis was wonderful. She is diligent, knowledgeable, and professional. She made me feel at ease during the entire process. My legal issue was taken care of efficiently and I would highly recommend Jessica to handle any legal matter.

Anjum

5.0
2018-07-27T17:48:22+00:00

Anjum

My experience working with Jessica Travis was wonderful. She is diligent, knowledgeable, and professional. She made me feel at ease during the entire process. My legal issue was taken care of efficiently and I would highly recommend Jessica to handle any legal matter.

Exceptional attorney

Jessica was very professional , prompt and straight to the point. Always kept us informed, and we knew what was going on with the case at any given time! Very caring person for the client and family she is representing and that made our family feel at ease during this stressful time. Would highly recommend Jessica ! Pleased with the results!

Cindy

5.0
2018-07-27T17:43:42+00:00

Cindy

Jessica was very professional , prompt and straight to the point. Always kept us informed, and we knew what was going on with the case at any given time! Very caring person for the client and family she is representing and that made our family feel at ease during this stressful time. Would highly recommend Jessica ! Pleased with the results!

Offerings, Other, Timeliness, Customer Service, Quality

Jessica Travis and her staff are the top of Orlando best attorney that can offer you what you need and give you results you need.

Anonymous

5.0
2018-08-06T15:12:42+00:00

Anonymous

Jessica Travis and her staff are the top of Orlando best attorney that can offer you what you need and give you results you need.

I’m so glad I was able to seek out her help . . .

I was recently involved in an auto accident in which a bicyclist ran into the side of my car. Even though I was not at fault, the FHP officer gave me a ticket and wanted to put four points on my license. I have a very clean driving record and have been driving for 15 years. Needless to say, I was very upset. Jessica helped resolve the situation such that the ticket was dismissed and no points were put on my license. I'm so glad I was able to seek out her help and I highly recommend her services as a traffic attorney. Thank you Jessica.

William

5.0
2018-07-27T17:46:59+00:00

William

I was recently involved in an auto accident in which a bicyclist ran into the side of my car. Even though I was not at fault, the FHP officer gave me a ticket and wanted to put four points on my license. I have a very clean driving record and have been driving for 15 years. Needless to say, I was very upset. Jessica helped resolve the situation such that the ticket was dismissed and no points were put on my license. I'm so glad I was able to seek out her help and I highly recommend her services as a traffic attorney. Thank you Jessica.
5
13

Disclaimer: Results may not be typical. You may not have as beneficial a result.

Testimonials

The most Responsive and Trustworthy Attorney I’ve ever hired.

Jessica was very professional and knowledgeable in the law of DUI's Even though we did not win the case, she gave it here best shot and gave me the best recommendations. Jessica was a former prosecutor and now and defense lawyer. She knows and understands both sides of the judicial system which is a big plus.

Let's hope I don't ever need her services again but if I do, she will be the first person I contact. I would also recommend her to any and all friends that need her services. She is very passionate about the law and it shows in the court room. She is an outstanding attorney.

Sean

5.0
2018-07-27T17:42:25+00:00

Sean

Jessica was very professional and knowledgeable in the law of DUI's Even though we did not win the case, she gave it here best shot and gave me the best recommendations. Jessica was a former prosecutor and now and defense lawyer. She knows and understands both sides of the judicial system which is a big plus. Let's hope I don't ever need her services again but if I do, she will be the first person I contact. I would also recommend her to any and all friends that need her services. She is very passionate about the law and it shows in the court room. She is an outstanding attorney.

An attorney that not only cares about her clients but she also fights for justice!!

Ms. Jessica Travis is a fighter. She will not stop until she gets the justice you deserve. The felony I was charged with had two counts against me. I was facing 5 years on each count. Ms. Travis saw that the charges against me were not as what they seemed, and she worked day and night on my case. As we went to trial my charges were dropped down to probation and community service. I thought my life was over until she accepted my case. I have never met anyone that cared so much for my rights. She promised me that she would do her best to get the best deal and she did more than that. I am now working full time and my wife and I are finally getting our life back. Thank you Jessica for everything. If anyone of you need an defense attorney, Do not elsewhere. She will treat your case as if you were her only client. She is the best!!!

Anonymous

5.0
2018-07-27T17:41:35+00:00

Anonymous

Ms. Jessica Travis is a fighter. She will not stop until she gets the justice you deserve. The felony I was charged with had two counts against me. I was facing 5 years on each count. Ms. Travis saw that the charges against me were not as what they seemed, and she worked day and night on my case. As we went to trial my charges were dropped down to probation and community service. I thought my life was over until she accepted my case. I have never met anyone that cared so much for my rights. She promised me that she would do her best to get the best deal and she did more than that. I am now working full time and my wife and I are finally getting our life back. Thank you Jessica for everything. If anyone of you need an defense attorney, Do not elsewhere. She will treat your case as if you were her only client. She is the best!!!

Competent, Efficient, and Friendly

My experience working with Jessica Travis was wonderful. She is diligent, knowledgeable, and professional. She made me feel at ease during the entire process. My legal issue was taken care of efficiently and I would highly recommend Jessica to handle any legal matter.

Anjum

5.0
2018-07-27T17:48:22+00:00

Anjum

My experience working with Jessica Travis was wonderful. She is diligent, knowledgeable, and professional. She made me feel at ease during the entire process. My legal issue was taken care of efficiently and I would highly recommend Jessica to handle any legal matter.

Excellent lawyer

It was a wonderful that my legal shield sent me with Mrs Travis.She was very professional and straight and even that we only contact by phone I felt confidence in her.My ticket was dismissed. Thanks.

Ronaldo

5.0
2018-07-27T17:47:39+00:00

Ronaldo

It was a wonderful that my legal shield sent me with Mrs Travis.She was very professional and straight and even that we only contact by phone I felt confidence in her.My ticket was dismissed. Thanks.

My legal issue was taken care of efficiently . . .

My experience working with Jessica Travis was wonderful. She is diligent, knowledgeable, and professional. She made me feel at ease during the entire process. My legal issue was taken care of efficiently and I would highly recommend Jessica to handle any legal matter.

Anjum

5.0
2018-07-27T17:46:00+00:00

Anjum

My experience working with Jessica Travis was wonderful. She is diligent, knowledgeable, and professional. She made me feel at ease during the entire process. My legal issue was taken care of efficiently and I would highly recommend Jessica to handle any legal matter.

Customer Service, Offerings, Timeliness, Quality

I would highly recommend Jessica Travis to anyone who is in need of a Violation of Probation Lawyer. I reside out of state and with a family member needing urgent attention in a VOP case finding Jessica online was nothing I would regret.

Anonymous

5.0
2018-07-27T17:38:16+00:00

Anonymous

I would highly recommend Jessica Travis to anyone who is in need of a Violation of Probation Lawyer. I reside out of state and with a family member needing urgent attention in a VOP case finding Jessica online was nothing I would regret.

I can not thank her enough.

I was involved in an auto accident and went looking for a lawyer. I had found Jessica on a work website upon my searching. She made me feel very comfortable and at home. I felt very confident form the start that she was going to be able to take care of my problem. I can not thank her enough.

Natalie

5.0
2018-07-27T17:49:08+00:00

Natalie

I was involved in an auto accident and went looking for a lawyer. I had found Jessica on a work website upon my searching. She made me feel very comfortable and at home. I felt very confident form the start that she was going to be able to take care of my problem. I can not thank her enough.

I’m so glad I was able to seek out her help . . .

I was recently involved in an auto accident in which a bicyclist ran into the side of my car. Even though I was not at fault, the FHP officer gave me a ticket and wanted to put four points on my license. I have a very clean driving record and have been driving for 15 years. Needless to say, I was very upset. Jessica helped resolve the situation such that the ticket was dismissed and no points were put on my license. I'm so glad I was able to seek out her help and I highly recommend her services as a traffic attorney. Thank you Jessica.

William

5.0
2018-07-27T17:46:59+00:00

William

I was recently involved in an auto accident in which a bicyclist ran into the side of my car. Even though I was not at fault, the FHP officer gave me a ticket and wanted to put four points on my license. I have a very clean driving record and have been driving for 15 years. Needless to say, I was very upset. Jessica helped resolve the situation such that the ticket was dismissed and no points were put on my license. I'm so glad I was able to seek out her help and I highly recommend her services as a traffic attorney. Thank you Jessica.

Thank you Ms. Travis you are the best!!!!

I would not hesitate to recommend Ms. Travis , for anybody looking for a high quality lawyer that also has a very personal touch in making you feel comfortable, in a very difficult, situation. Thank you Ms. Travis you are the best!!!!

Julio

5.0
2018-07-27T17:44:21+00:00

Julio

I would not hesitate to recommend Ms. Travis , for anybody looking for a high quality lawyer that also has a very personal touch in making you feel comfortable, in a very difficult, situation. Thank you Ms. Travis you are the best!!!!

Exceptional attorney

Jessica was very professional , prompt and straight to the point. Always kept us informed, and we knew what was going on with the case at any given time! Very caring person for the client and family she is representing and that made our family feel at ease during this stressful time. Would highly recommend Jessica ! Pleased with the results!

Cindy

5.0
2018-07-27T17:43:42+00:00

Cindy

Jessica was very professional , prompt and straight to the point. Always kept us informed, and we knew what was going on with the case at any given time! Very caring person for the client and family she is representing and that made our family feel at ease during this stressful time. Would highly recommend Jessica ! Pleased with the results!

FABULOUS LAWYER

I read the reviews on here prior to hiring Jessica as my attorney. The reviews are not wrong. She is an excellent attorney. She does her research and is very professional. She let me know what to expect and understood my concerns. I hired her for a case that was less than a week away and she blew it out of the park. Thank you Jessica, that takes a real professional to be prepared that quickly. Hopefully I don't have to use you again, but if I need an attorney, I will be right back to you! I will also recommend you to any of my friends or associates who need a good lawyer with your expertise.

Anonymous

5.0
2018-07-27T17:49:45+00:00

Anonymous

I read the reviews on here prior to hiring Jessica as my attorney. The reviews are not wrong. She is an excellent attorney. She does her research and is very professional. She let me know what to expect and understood my concerns. I hired her for a case that was less than a week away and she blew it out of the park. Thank you Jessica, that takes a real professional to be prepared that quickly. Hopefully I don't have to use you again, but if I need an attorney, I will be right back to you! I will also recommend you to any of my friends or associates who need a good lawyer with your expertise.

Offerings, Other, Timeliness, Customer Service, Quality

Jessica Travis and her staff are the top of Orlando best attorney that can offer you what you need and give you results you need.

Anonymous

5.0
2018-08-06T15:12:42+00:00

Anonymous

Jessica Travis and her staff are the top of Orlando best attorney that can offer you what you need and give you results you need.

Client Review of Jessica Ann Travis

Jessica has at all times demonstrated loyalty to the client. She goes the extra mile in representation and never gives up. She is constantly looking at all alternatives that would legally benefit the client. She goes out of her way to keep the client informed at all times. She is extremely knowledgeable of the law, procedures, the legal community, and client support services. I would highly recommend Jessica Travis with no reservations.

Carlos

5.0
2018-07-27T17:43:02+00:00

Carlos

Jessica has at all times demonstrated loyalty to the client. She goes the extra mile in representation and never gives up. She is constantly looking at all alternatives that would legally benefit the client. She goes out of her way to keep the client informed at all times. She is extremely knowledgeable of the law, procedures, the legal community, and client support services. I would highly recommend Jessica Travis with no reservations.
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Disclaimer: Results may not be typical. You may not have as beneficial a result.

When a person chooses to represent themselves, the Trial Judge must go through and ensure that they understand the law and what it means to represent themselves. People who are representing themselves, are expected to follow all of the rules of the court and follow all procedures as a lawyer would, even though they have not been trained or educated in the rules and procedures of the legal system. This lack of legal knowledge, can sometimes lead to worse results for individuals representing themselves.

When someone has been charged with a crime, it is often in that person’s best interest to hire an attorney and not chose to represent themselves. A person representing him or herself is at a disadvantage in court. Hiring an experienced attorney that knows the rules and procedures of the court and legal system, and can properly argue the case can generally obtain a much better result than someone who chooses to represent themselves. Failure to have adequate representation could potentially cost a person much more than just attorney fees, it could, in some cases, cost them their life.

co-authored by Patricia Blotzer

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