UPDATE: Dylann Roof has been sentenced to death today. The white supremacist was found unanimously guilty by a 12 person jury (nine white, three black) after about three hours of deliberations.
Dylann Roof offered his own closing statement today in hopes of swaying jurors to a life sentence, instead of the death penalty.
Roof began his final argument by stating he still felt he had to commit the crime he did, saying:
“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. 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.”
The five minute closing statement then found Roof discussing his interpretation of hate and hatred, offering “Anyone including the prosecution who thinks I’m full of hatred has no idea what real hate is…they don’t know what real hatred looks like. They think they do but they don’t really.”