Dylann Roof sentenced to death: A hateful heart in one so young

WASHINGTON, January 10, 2017 — After pleading guilty to killing nine parishioners of Emanuel AME church on the night of June 17, 2015, Dylann Roof told jurors he could ask for life in prison for the slayings, but that he is not sure “what good that would do”:

“From what I’ve been told, I have a right to ask you to give me a life sentence, but I’m not sure what good that will do anyway,” Roof said. “But what I will say is only one of you has to disagree with the other jurors.”

On that summer night, Roof went to a historic black church in Charleston with a gun and a “hateful heart,” the prosecutor said, and should be put to death for killing those who had assembled for Bible study, welcoming the young white man to their

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