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Dylann Roof Sentenced to Death for Killing 9 Church Members

January 11, 2017 at 6:49 am 11 News
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CHARLESTON, S.C. (UPI) — Dylann S. Roof, a white supremacist who openly admitted to killing nine people at a historic black church in South Carolina a year and-a-half ago, was sentenced to death by jurors Tuesday.

The jury handed down the capital punishment Tuesday afternoon after deliberating for only three hours. The sentence followed Roof’s conviction last month on nearly three dozen hate crimes charges.

The punishment won’t be official until Judge Richard Gergel imposes it at a formal hearing Wednesday — which will merely be a formality, though, since Gergel is bound by law to follow the jury’s decision.

The jurors’ verdict came a few hours after Roof expressed absolutely no remorse for his crimes to the court and jury.

In his closing statement Tuesday, Roof said the taped confession he provided to the FBI misinterpreted his intentions — and that he carried out the rampage because he felt like he had to.

Roof, 22, a self-proclaimed white supremacist, undertook the shootings because he believed it would help spark a race war in the United States — a battle the convicted killer expected to be won by whites.

Nine people died in the June 2015 attack at Charleston’s historic Emanuel AME Church, but jurors were told during the trial that Roof apparently scouted other potential church targets in the city.

“I think it’s safe to say nobody in their mind wants to go into a church and kill people,” Roof, acting as his own attorney, also said Tuesday. “I felt like I had to do it. I still feel like I have to do it.”

His remarks in open court marked the first time Roof himself was really heard by the U.S. public. He has largely been silent in court since the attack and his arrest nearly 19 months ago.

Roof on Tuesday said he was not sure if seeking a life sentence instead of a death sentence would have a “good” effect.

“Anyone, including the prosecution, who thinks I’m filled with hatred has no idea what hate is. They don’t know anything about hate,” he said. “From what I’ve been told, I have a right to ask to give me a life sentence. But I’m not sure what good that would do anyway.

“Anyone who hates anything in their mind has a good reason to hate.”

“He was unrepentant,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Jay Richardson said. “He understood the consequences that would be coming.”

South Carolina state Sen. Clementa Pickney, 41, who was also a pastor at the church; Cynthia Hurd, 54; Tywanza Sanders, 26; Myra Thompson, 59; Ethel Lance, 70; Susie Jackson, 87; DePayne Middleton Doctor, 49; Sharonda Singleton, 45; and Daniel Simmons Sr., 74, died in the attack.

Last week, Roof told jurors there was nothing wrong with him psychologically — and at one point became frustrated with the number of relatives and friends giving impact statements in court. He argued to Gergel that it gave prosecutors an unfair advantage.

Though he will be put to death, Roof still faces another trial for the killings — a state prosecution for murder that was scheduled to begin this month. It was not immediately clear after Tuesday’s verdict, though, whether South Carolina prosecutors will go ahead with that trial.

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  1. oldschool7 January 11, 2017 at 11:48 am

    Should put him in a cell with the cop killer from Orlando when they catch that ******* and whoever is left after 24 hours, fry them.

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  2. drillbeast January 11, 2017 at 11:55 am

    Justice prevails.

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    • ltuser
      ltuser January 11, 2017 at 4:54 pm

      Justice won’t be served till his body is 0 degrees c and buried!

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  3. oleteabag January 11, 2017 at 1:20 pm

    This is justice, and what should happen to ALL mass killers, regardless of the color of their victims! However, did ANYBODY doubt THIS guy–white supremacist, shoots up all-black church and kills 9 black people–would get the death penalty?

    Too bad justice is not so sure for ALL killers, like, for instance, the MUSLIM who shot up the Orland airport? Just sayin’

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    • columba January 11, 2017 at 1:25 pm

      [Too bad justice is not so sure for ALL killers, like, for instance, the MUSLIM who shot up the Orland airport? Just sayin’]

      Dream on.

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    • ltuser
      ltuser January 11, 2017 at 4:56 pm

      And as i have said time and time again.. ONCE CONVICTED, they should spend at MOST 5 years (long enough for their constitutional 1 appeal), before the sentence is carried out.

      STOP all this 20+ years of someone waiting on death row, sucking up tax victim money to care for their sorry behinds..

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  4. Jota_ January 11, 2017 at 1:58 pm

    “I felt like I had to do it. I still feel like I have to do it.”

    Isa 1:18 Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.

    Isa 28:9 Whom shall he teach knowledge? and whom shall he make to understand doctrine? them that are weaned from the milk, and drawn from the breasts.
    Isa 28:10 For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little:

    And what does political correctness, or any social mind control, do but cause people to hide their thoughts and their feelings, so they never speak openly of them and so they can learn if there is error in what they think and feel

    “As a man thinks, so shall he become.” Plato

    Pro 23:7 For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he

    Obviously, change the thought, change the man! How? By weighting our own thoughts against others

    Pro 27:17 Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend.

    I would argue this is WHY we have a First Amendment, which protects our right to free speech, so all our errors can be in words and NOT deeds

    And as political correctness increases so does the number of people who get locked in the own thoughts, ever so extremely

    Which is what the totalitarian left wants, mind control, rather than people to be free to change their mind

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    • DrGadget January 11, 2017 at 4:54 pm

      If you’re saying we should try to reach people before they become one of these, I wholeheartedly agree.

      If you’re saying we should try to reform this prisoner into someone suitable for release, I completely disagree.

      We punish people for the harm they have already done to society. We don’t withhold punishment on the off-chance of some potential good he might do later on.

      As a Christian, I would try to save his soul in prison before they execute him. Even the thief on the cross wasn’t beyond redemption. But on the other hand there’s the Law of the Harvest. That which you sow, the same shall you reap. He has murdered people. One is too many. His life is forfeit. But if he accepts Jesus, this is a small price for him to pay.

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    • oleteabag January 11, 2017 at 6:33 pm

      Well said, DrGadget. Great post!

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      ltuser January 12, 2017 at 4:40 pm

      Sorry gadget, but i don’t think he HAS a soul to be redeamed..

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  5. Jota_ January 11, 2017 at 8:28 pm

    “If you’re saying we should try to reach people before they become one of these, I wholeheartedly agree.”

    That’s good too

    Was more thinking along the lines of how one grows a garden, you try to cause growing conditions which favor the particular results you want from the plant

    It is not about trying to keep every weed out, insect from chewing leaves, or any one plant to give the best results, it is for the yield from all the plants

    And one of the things gardening teaches, it is not the success where you learn the MOST, it is from the failures

    It is having the freedom to fail where we learn, and will make one an expert, a lot like having the freedom to say what you are thinking, you learn what is best and why.

    Political correctness just teaches you can force your view on to others and you can punish them if they don’t like what you have to say, or shoot them in their church

    That is the growing conditions he grew up in, and sadly he is not the only one who has been cultured in this socially engineered petri dish

    He is a product of his environment and in the garden you pull all the weeds to kill the seeds, all the diseased to keep it from spreading, and you burn them

    It is sad but it has to be done. That is if you ever hope to have a descent crop.

    And you learn what needs to be done different so you don’t have to destroy your plants

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