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