Jury Finds Dylann Roof Guilty In Charleston Church Murders
Such an ugly little child.
If you’re like us, you’re tuned in to the Trending Topics on Twitter and rounding out the top three of the list is Dylann Roof. Yes, the man who confessed (see video below) to murdering nine people in a historically black church in Charleston, South Carolina has his fate in the hands of a jury of 12.
Deliberations began this Thursday afternoon after attorneys on both sides made their closing argument. After two hours and three minutes, the jury found Dylann Roof guilty of all 33 charges. The sentencing phase of his trial is now scheduled for early January, and this is where Roof has said he wants to represent himself in that part of the case.
Roof, 22, and a self-declared white supremacist, has pleaded not guilty to 33 federal charges, including:
• Nine counts of violating the Hate Crime Act resulting in death
• Nine counts of use of a firearm to commit murder during and in relation to a crime of violence
• Nine counts of obstruction of exercise of religion resulting in death
• Three counts of violating the Hate Crime Act involving an attempt to kill
• Three counts of obstruction of exercise of religion involving an attempt to kill and use of a dangerous weapon
Roof also faces nine counts of murder and other charges in the state court system. His trial in that case is scheduled also to start in January. “He needs to be held accountable for every bullet,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Nathan Williams told the jury before they made their decision, emphasizing what he said was the depths of Roof’s hatred. “The parishioners could not have seen the hatred in his heart,” Williams said. “He sat and waited until they were at their most vulnerable.”
Throughout the arguments and chilling testimony, jurors and those affected by the madness had to see a witness whose son was killed sobbing on the stand, an FBI agent read a series of Roof’s racist writings, and as you can see below, watch a video of Roof laughing after admitting he killed the victims.
— Geysar Gurbanov (@geysar) December 12, 2016
His attorneys are arguing that he should be spared the death penalty.
H/T: Associated Press