Dylann Roof has been sentenced to death for murdering nine black people at the Charleston Church in South Carolina. Reuters

Jury Sentences Dylann Roof to death for Charleston Church Shooting

For the murder of nine black members of the Charleston Church, Dylann Roof has been sentenced to death on December 11, 2017 by a US federal jury.

The sentence was announced after hours of deliberation by the jury. Roof is the first person to face execution for a hate crime. He was convicted last month on 33 federal charges, which included murder, obstruction of religion, hate crime and more.

The self-avowed white supremacist maintained a stoic demeanour when the verdict was announced. At the beginning of the trial, Roof did not plea a defence of insanity, or fight for forgiveness. He admitted to the crime, noting that only one juror needed to disagree against the others, which would lead to a life sentence. The defence lawyer, David Bruck, argued against the prosecution, saying that the boy was suicidal and swayed by readings on the internet.

The massacre that took place on June 17, 2015, was undertaken by Roof to bring back segregation in the state of South Carolina. However, the effect was the exact opposite, where after 50 years, the Statehouse removed the Confederate Flag for the first time.

Assistant US Attorney, Jay Richardson, said that Roof was welcomed into the church with open arms, where he sat with the Bible group for about 45 minutes before he opened fire on the members.

Sources: CNN, The Guardian, WSJ

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