Dylann Roof Found Guilty On All 33 Counts In Charleston Church Shooting, Faces Death Penalty
Dylann Roof was found guilty of the Charleston church massacre on Thursday. He now faces the death penalty.
After two hours of deliberations, the 12-person jury convicted the 22-year-old on all 33 counts for killing 9 members of the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church.
Via the New York Times:
The jury convicted Mr. Roof of nine counts of hate crimes resulting in death, three counts of hate crimes involving an attempt to kill (there were three survivors), nine counts of obstructing the exercise of religion resulting in death, three counts of that charge with an attempt to kill, and nine counts of using a firearm to commit murder during a crime of violence.
Mr. Roof, 22, stood, his hands at his side and his face emotionless, as a clerk read the verdict aloud in court. Two deputy United States marshals stood behind Mr. Roof, whose lawyers also stood nearby.
He will face the same jurors next month when they gather on Jan. 3 to begin a second and more suspenseful phase of his trial to decide whether he will be sentenced to death or life in prison without parole. In the phase, however, Mr. Roof has told the judge that he plans to represent himself.
May the Lord have mercy on his rotten soul.