Dylann Roof Sentenced Given Death Penalty for Charleston, SC Church Shooting Massacre



Dylann Roof has been sentenced to death in connection with the murder of 9 individuals  in the 2015 shooting massacre at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina. Roof was convicted last month of 33 counts of federal hate crimes. It was the same jury that found him guilty on all counts last month that deliberated Tuesday. In just under three hours the jury came back with their decision … death penalty!

Twelve federal jurors said Tuesday that Dylann Roof, the man who killed nine people in a 2015 massacre at a historically black Charleston, South Carolina, church, should be put to death.

The 10 women and two men recommended the death penalty for all 18 counts that carried that as a possible sentence.

Roof will become the first federal hate crime defendant to be sentenced to death, a Justice Department spokesman said.

Judge Richard Gergel will formally sentence Roof on Wednesday at 9:30 a.m. ET. Roof, who represented himself during the penalty phase, told Gergel he wanted to file a motion for new lawyers. Gergel said Roof can argue that on Wednesday but he is not inclined to let that happen.

A group of defense attorneys and others who worked on Roof’s behalf issued a statement, saying the death penalty decision means the case will not be over for a “very long time.”

“We are sorry that, despite our best efforts, the legal proceedings have shed so little light on the reasons for this tragedy,” the statement said.

Dylann Roof’s last words:

“I think it’s safe to say nobody in their mind wants to go into a church and kill people,” he began. Then he contradicted other confession statements in which he said he had to do what he did. “In my [FBI confession] tape, I told them I had to do it. .?.?. Obviously that’s not true. Nobody made me do it. What I meant when I said that was I felt like I had to do it, and I still feel like I had to do it.”

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