CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) – A jury has sentenced Dylann Roof to demise for killing 9 black church members. The choice makes Roof the primary to obtain the dying penalty sentence for federal hate crimes.
Earlier Tuesday, Roof advised jurors that he might ask them for all times in jail as an alternative of the demise penalty for killing 9 black church members, however was unsure “what good that may do.”
In his closing argument, Roof didn’t ask for mercy or forgiveness and informed the jury he felt like he needed to perform the slayings throughout a Bible research on June 17, 2015.
“I nonetheless really feel like I needed to do it,” Roof stated.
Each juror seemed immediately at Roof as he spoke to them for about 5 minutes. A number of nodded as he reminded them that they stated throughout jury choice they might pretty weigh the elements about whether or not he ought to get life in jail or the dying penalty.
Roof stated prosecutors could not go into his thoughts they usually confirmed hatred by looking for the dying penalty towards him.
Prosecutors stated Roof, a 22-yr-previous white man, deserved execution as a result of he went to the historic Emanuel AME Church with a gun and a “hateful coronary heart.”
Assistant U.S. Lawyer Jay Richardson stated the 12 individuals Roof focused have been God-fearing church members who opened the door for a white stranger with a smile. Three individuals survived.
“They welcomed a thirteenth person who night time … with a sort phrase, a Bible, a handout and a chair,” Richardson stated throughout his closing argument. “He had include a hateful coronary heart and a Glock .forty five.”
Richardson reminded jurors about every one of many victims and the bloody crime scene that Roof left behind within the church’s decrease degree. Roof sat with the Bible research group for about forty five minutes. In the course of the ultimate prayer – when everybody’s eyes have been closed – he began firing. He stood over a few of the fallen victims, capturing them once more as they lay on the ground, the prosecutor stated.
The prosecutor stated they proved Roof was a chilly, calculated killer and famous that when Roof had one final probability to precise regret, he as an alternative held on to his racist beliefs.
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