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What’s New: Dylann Roof Is Sentenced To Death For Charleston Massacre

According to the New York Times, Dylann S. Roof was condemned to death by a jury of nine whites and three blacks on Tuesday. Showing no remorse for his actions in court, the federal jury reached their decision within three hours. “I felt like I had to do it, and I still feel like I had to do it” was Mr. Roof’s closing argument on Tuesday. The white supremacist, who showed no emotion as the verdict was read, killed nine African-Americans at the Charleston Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in a racial rampage on June 17, 2015. Having visited the church eight times before the day of the shooting, Dylann was offered a seat for bible study where he sat quietly for 45 minutes before opening fire. The federal government has not executed one of its prisoners since Louis Jones Jr, a war veteran who kidnapped, raped and murdered a young Army recruit in 1995. Taking into consideration his mental health, Dylann Roof’s case could go through years of appeals. Although, however, Judge Gergel ruled Mr. Roof competent to stand trial and represent himself after the results of two psychiatric evaluations. Roof was scheduled to be formally sentenced today at 9:30 AM.

 

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