Thursday, December 15, 2016
DYLANN ROOF FOUND GUILTY OF 9 BLACK MURDERS - ALL LIVES MATTER:
THANK YOU NIKKI HALEY.
ROOF NEEDS THE DEATH PENALTY SENTENCE.
FORGIVENESS DOES NOT ELIMINATE CONSEQUENCES WHEN IT COMES TO ACTS OF PREMEDITATED MURDER.
Sources: Fox News, YouTube
***** DYLANN Roof convicted in Charleston church mass
A jury in South Carolina Thursday convicted Dylann Roof in the shootings that killed nine black church members during a Bible study in Charleston last year, a verdict that could lead to a death sentence for the self-avowed white supremacist.
The jury of nine white people and three black people deliberated less than two hours before returning a verdict, finding him guilty on all counts against him.
Roof, 22, faced 33 federal charges, including hate crimes and obstruction of the practice of religion.
Roof just stared ahead as the verdict was read, much as he has throughout the trial. Victims's relatives held hands and squeezed one another's arms.
One woman nodded her head every time the clerk said "guilty."
The same jury is set to return Jan. 3 to consider whether Roof should be sentenced to die for the June 2015 attack at Emanuel AME Church.
He is slated to face another death penalty trial in state court early next year.
Minutes after the verdict was read, Roof told U.S. District Judge Richard Gergel he wanted to represent himself during the penalty phase.
He said at the start of the trial that he wanted attorneys in the guilt phase, but not in the penalty phase.
His lawyers said in a court filing they feared he wanted to avoid embarrassing testimony that the defense might have presented to try to get a jury to spare his life.
"It is my hope that the survivors, the families & the people of South Carolina can find some peace in the fact that justice has been served," Gov. Nikki Haley tweeted.
The verdict came after days of emotional testimony from people who survived the shooting and witnessed the aftermath.
During closing arguments earlier in the day, Assistant U.S. Attorney Nathan Williams told jurors Roof waited until the Bible study group had its eyes closed for prayer before he opened fire.