Dylann Roof, the shooter who opened fire on a predominantly black church in Charleston, South Carolina, has been found guilty. The decision was expected. Now, it must be decided whether Roof will face life in prison or the death penalty.
“There is no place on Earth for him except the pit of hell,” testified Felicia Sanders, who watched Roof murder her 26-year-old son.
Jurors deliberated for only two hours before convicting Roof of 33 charges, including firearm crimes, religious obstruction crimes, and hate crimes.
"There is something wrong with his perception,” said Roof's attorney, David Bruck, during closing arguments Thursday morning. "Look past the surface of things." It is unclear what he was referring to.
“[Roof is] a man of immense hatred who walked that room shooting person after person after person, stopping so he could only load a magazine and kill more people,” countered Assistant U.S. Attorney Nathan Williams. “[He is] a person of tremendous cowardice, shooting people when they had their eyes closed, when they were in prayer, when they were wounded, when they were on the ground… His preparation for these crimes show the vastness of his hatred. For every round he fired, for every person he killed, he must be found accountable.”
Roof still plans on defending himself in the upcoming penalty phase of the trial.
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