Death Penalty for Dylann Roof
Dylann Roof will be put to death after a federal jury of his peers deliberated on the sentencing for three hours, according to multiple media reports. Roof was found guilty in the murder of nine people praying at a black church in Charleston, South Carolina, in June 2015.
Roof, who was 18 at the time of the murders, showed no response to the reading of the verdict.
He will be the first person on death row for federal hate crimes.
The man who gunned down nine black churchgoers in Charleston,South Carolina told jurors at his sentencing trial he was mentally competent, calling on them to ignore the remarks of his attorney suggesting he may be mentally troubled.
Representing himself at the sentencing trial on Thursday, Dylann Roof addressed the jury to tell them “there’s nothing wrong with me psychologically.”
“The point is that I’m not going to lie to you, not by myself or through somebody else,” Roof told the jurors and courtroom where family members of his victims watched. When the prosecution called family members of the victims, such as Jennifer Benjamin Pinckney, widow of the Rev. Clementa C. Pinckney, Roof declined to ask any questions during cross-examination.
The prosecution also presented journal entries from Roof shortly after his arrest such as one penned in 2015 which read, “I would like to make it crystal clear I do not regret what I did.”
Roof, 22, was convicted on all 33 charges in December.