Dylan Roof Sentenced to Death for Emanuel AME Church Shooting…

Just a few hours after he told a crowded courtroom, “I still feel like I had to do it,” Dylan Roof was sentenced to death by a federal jury Tuesday…

The 12-member panel – three black jurors, nine white – deliberated for a little less than three hours before unanimously deciding the 22-year-old self-avowed white supremacist should die for his crimes rather than spend his life in prison without the possibility of parole.

U.S. District Judge Richard Gergel has scheduled a hearing for 9:30 a.m. Wednesday to formally impose that sentence and hear from loved ones who wish to address the killer.

 Roof, who sat stone-faced and silent through most of his hate crimes trial, showed no emotion as the jury’s verdict was read. During his closing argument earlier in the day, he passed on the chance to argue for his life, saying “I’m not sure what good that will do anyway.”

Roof’s brief statement contrasted with the government’s lengthy and thorough closing in which Assistant U.S. Attorney Jay Richardson argued that Roof’s hate-fueled massacre more than justified the death penalty in his case. Among other things, the attack involved substantial planning, targeted vulnerable people and killed multiple people, he said.

After soaking up online hate, Roof plotted for months to carry out the attack, Richardson said. He scouted out his target, stockpiled ammunition and practiced shooting the pistol he bought for his mission. He then walked into the church and methodically executed black parishioners who had welcomed him into the weekly Bible study and offered him a seat right next to their pastor.

Via: postandcourier.com


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