Dylann Roof Sentenced to Death in Charleston Shooting Trial

By the Web Editors 1-10-2017
Image via Charleston County Sheriff's Office

On Jan. 10 a federal jury sentenced Dylann Roof to death for the fatal shooting of nine African-American parishioners, reports CNN.

The shooting took place in the basement of the parishioners' church — the historic Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, S.C. — in June 2015.

Roof’s sentencing comes after family and friends of the nine churchgoers publicly expressed their forgiveness of his actions, and others called for Roof to not receive the death penalty.

On Jan. 11 Judge Richard Gergel will formally sentence Roof.

"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 to the jurors.

He continued:

"But what I will say is only one of you has to disagree with the other jurors."

The jury’s verdict was the result of three hours of deliberation. The prosecutor of the shooting trial gave a two-hour argument in which they made a case to jurors as to why Roof should receive the death penalty.

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