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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CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Dylann Roof went to a historic black church in Charleston with a gun and a “hateful heart” and should be put to death for opening fire on people who had gathered for Bible study, a prosecutor said Tuesday.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Jay Richardson told jurors who will soon begin deliberating Roof’s fate that the 12 people at Emanuel AME on the night of June 17, 2015, were God fearing church members
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A South Carolina jury has found 22-year-old white supremacist Dylann Roof guilty of all charges in the Emmanuel AME Church shooting that claimed the lives of nine Black parishioners as they gathered for a Wednesday night bible study in June 2015.
The jury convicted Roof of the massacre after two hours of deliberation, following an emotional week of testimony from survivors and multiple viewings of a recorded FBI interview that shows Roof immediately confessing after the shooting.
The jury, comprised of nine white people and two Black people, were also shown photos of the horrific crime scene taken inside the church following the shooting.
Roof, who confessed to authorities that the attack was motivated by his disdain for Black people, was convicted of multiple charges including nine counts of hate crimes resulting in death, nine counts of obstructing the exercise of religion resulting in death and three counts of hate crimes involving an attempt to kill, among others.
According to ABC7 News, the same
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Graphic images of bodies, blood and bullets flashed before a jury and families of the dead Thursday as federal prosecutors continued to build their case against a self-avowed white supremacist accused of turning a cherished Charleston sanctuary into a gruesome tomb.
Dylann Roof, 22, sat still and expressionless, looking down at the defense table, as federal prosecutors in his hate crimes trial showed 360-degree image scans from inside the Emanuel AME Church fellowship hall where nine black worshipers died in a barrage of bullets. The chilling images showed the dead lying on a white tile floor smeared with blood and littered with spent shell casings and emptied magazines that had been cast aside when their rounds were exhausted.
Brittany Burke, a former State Law Enforcement Division crime scene technician, methodically walked the court through the visual display, identifying the fallen and pointing out evidence left in the killer’s wake. Despite a warning
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A Charleston courtroom sat in stunned silence Thursday afternoon as graphic images of bodies, blood and bullets from the Emanuel AME Church shooting were shown to a federal jury that will decide accused gunman Dylann Roof’s fate in connection with the massacre of nine worshipers.
Roof, 22, sat still and emotionless, looking down at the defense table, as federal prosecutors in his hate crimes trial showed 360-degree image scans from inside the church fellowship hall where the mass shooting occurred. The chilling images showed the dead lying on a white tile floor smeared with blood and littered with spent shell casings and emptied magazines that had been cast aside when they had exhausted their rounds.
Brittany Burke, a former State Law Enforcement Division crime scene technician, methodically walked the court through the visual display, identifying the fallen and pointing out the evidence left in the killer’s wake. One left the courtroom, while
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