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Jury Sentences Dylann Roof to Death

Twelve federal jurors said Tuesday that Dylann Roof, the man who killed nine people in a 2015 massacre at a historically black Charleston, South Carolina, church, should be put to death.

The 10 women and two men recommended the death penalty for all 18 counts that carried that as a possible sentence.

Judge Richard Gergel will formally sentence Roof on Wednesday at 9:30 a.m. ET. Roof, who represented himself during the penalty phase, told Gergel he wanted to file a motion for new lawyers. Gergel said Roof can argue that on Wednesday but he is not inclined to let that happen.

Before the jury deliberated his fate for three hours, Roof told the jury he still feels he had no choice but to kill nine people at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in June 2015.

“In my confession to the FBI I told them that I had to do it, and obviously that’s not really true. … I didn’t have to do anything,” Roof said as he made his own five-minute closing argument in the penalty phase of his federal trial. “But what I meant when I said that was, I felt like I had to do it, and I still do feel like I had to do it.”

But he also suggested he’d like to be spared.

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

His statement followed a prosecutor’s impassioned, two-hour argument in a Charleston courtroom urging jurors to give Roof the death penalty instead of their other option, life in prison without possibility of parole.

Jurors convicted Roof, an avowed white supremacist, last month of federal murder and hate crimes charges.

The prosecution and defense rested in the penalty phase on Monday, bringing to a close days of heartbreaking testimony from family and friends of victims who were killed.

Prosecutors argued that he’s a calculating killer who deserves the death penalty because of his motive, his lack of remorse and the shooting’s impact on the victims’ families.

Prosecutor reminds jurors of gruesome details

In his closing argument Tuesday morning, Assistant US Attorney Jay Richardson described the lives of all nine victims, cited Roof’s “racist hatred” and reminded the jurors of the testimony and evidence that convicted him:

  • Roof was at the church three previous times to scout his target.
  • He sat with the group for 40 minutes before shooting.
  • He pulled the trigger “more than 75 times … reloading seven times” as he stood over his victims, shooting them repeatedly.
  • He “showed not one ounce of remorse.”
  • Richardson referred to what Roof had told investigators in a recorded interview: That “somebody had to do it,” in part because “black people are killing white people every day.”

“Those are the words of an extraordinary racist who believed it was justified,” Richardson said.

Roof’s jailhouse journal

Earlier in the penalty phase, prosecutors presented evidence that included chilling writings from a jailhouse journal Roof wrote after the attack.

“I would like to make it crystal clear. I do not regret what I did,” Roof wrote in the journal. “I am not sorry. I have not shed a tear for the innocent people I killed.”

Friends and relatives of victims slain in the shooting gave emotional testimony in court before Tuesday, some of them sobbing on the stand.

As they made their case, prosecutors played haunting recordings of the victims preaching, praying and singing.

Roof, 22, did not question witnesses, but filed several motions objecting that their testimony had been too emotional.

In his brief opening statement last week, he told jurors that he doesn’t have mental health problems.

16 comments

  • WTH

    “But he also suggested he’d like to be spared.”
    Yeah ok asshat..spared now, but not for all of eternity ANYHOW!

  • Tobie Hannah

    I’m sure a lot of you are upset that your hero got the death penalty.

    NEPA: home to the lowest of the low.

    • WTH

      You’re so stupid, proof that if you live here you just might have something there!
      EVERYWHERE got its lowest of the low. Try living in Somalia. Don’t let the door hit your ass on the way out. Buh-Bye.

  • Another article hidden again

    Wheres the talkback live article that was posted to site at 6:07 pm jan 10 ? Callers talking about Streep and Trump. , it should be on main page already. Oh but they hid it like the usually do. Do you have to go in search and type streep …

    I have a disability. i have Multiple Sclerosis. I don’t believe Trump ever Mocked a disabled person as per my findings below.

    Once again, that famous false freeze frame photo of trump side by side With Serge with Right arm up . Media needs to show the actual video of Serge ,whom by the way has arthrogryposis which locks a persons wrists in place and actually prevents such movements as Trump was recorded as doing . A false narrative of Trump mocking a disabled person.That the mainstream media continues and continues to push . Please people quit believing this mockery of Trump against disabled.

    If any well intelligent person does research on their own, disabled or otherwise, they would find that Trump mocked himself the same way back in a 2005 interview with Larry King. It isnt mocking though , it just showing flustered visuals , like catching a kid in a cookie jar when you told them no cookies. So, the Kid gets flustered because he was caught and can’t think of a quick enough excuse. That is what Trump did with Serge nothing more nothing less. Trump has done this sort of wailing of arms many times ,even before Serge.

    So why doesnt media show side by side video views of Serge in His interview With someone as compared to Trump supposedly mocking his behavior as a disabled person. .?

    Definition of mock – : to laugh at or make fun of (someone or something) especially by copying an action or a way of behaving or speaking.

    Here is Serg

    youtu . be/ u-OYpv5fImA

    So the problem Is, how can you mock anyone with a disability such as Serge that has no shaky movements , arm twitches or shaky Extreme actions . UnLike people with cerebal palsy, parkinsons , or like me with Multiple Sclerosis at times do. Some worse and some less extreme.

    Serge has arthrogryposis which locks a persons wrists in place and actually prevents such movement. )

    So how Did this false , fake report of Trump supposedely mocking A disabled reporter Came to be?

    Trump made the statement in one of his speeches In nov. 2015 how he saw the arab community in Jersey cheering on 9/11 .
    A few days later stephanoplous contacted trump . Trump said again yes, he saw arab community cheering , celebrating etc . But The media and washington post said trump remark was not true. That he was making it up …Washington post Did an article and even said they fact checked this claim And did an exhaustive review and claimed his statement A falsehood. oh but they forgot about this video

    Full cbs report of 9/11 celebration

    youtu . be/ 3auKMHkZJnQ

    So this video news report comes into light And makes washington post look bad Because they claimed to have searched and found nothing but “Uh , Oh ” they Even had missed their own reporter Serge Kovaleski who reported about that same arab community to have cheered , having tailgate style celebrations on rooftops of Jersey city Back in 2001. And reporting people were detained and questioned….So, Then why did washington post search out Serge kovaleski to have him back track on a story he wrote in 2001 for washington post? It was all to make Trump look like a fool . Because, now you have Serge saying he doesnt remember 15 yrs later so of course Trump was upset that he lied In order to make media and more specifically washington post look better. . So if serge is now saying it wasnt true 15 yrs later or doesn’t remember , then like trump said , why was the article not retracted then.

    That is why Trump acted in a such a way. Thats when you see the video of Trump making flustered movements …

    • Givemeabreak

      His exact words “You have to see this guy”. What does his appearance have to do with his differing opinion? In fact , yes fact. Trump has had a history of commenting on people’s appearance and degrading them when their opinion differs from his. Not fake news . This actually has happened on multiple occasions. The President of the United States should be above commenting negatively on people’s appearance. Real low brow. We would scold our children for such things. At least I would.

  • SO MUCH PAIN AND SUFFERING

    My people have suffered through eight long years of oppression and we feel so much pain! 

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