WHITE supremacist Dylann Roof has been found guilty on all charges in the racially motivated killing of nine black churchgoers in Charleston, South Carolina. …
The 12 jurors deliberated for just under two hours before finding Roof guilty on all 33 charges. He showed no emotion as the verdicts were read.
The sentencing phase of the mass shooter’s trial is set to begin on January 3.
Roof has indicated he will serve as his own lawyer as prosecutors pursue a death sentence. …
A self-confessed nationalist, Roof has admitted he hates black people and wanted to start a race war. He told police he wanted to kill African-Americans because he believed they raped white women on a daily basis.
In a videotaped two-hour confession shown in Roof’s trial last Friday, he laughed several times and made exaggerated gun motions as he recounted the massacre. He explained that he wanted to leave at least one person alive to tell what happened and complained that his victims “complicated things” when they hid under tables.
The killer told the FBI he chose the church after discovering online that it was the oldest black church in the South, and there probably would not be any white people there. He had thought about attacking drug dealers, but was worried they might fight back.
“I killed them,” Roof told agents after they arrested him in Shelby, North Carolina, with the gun used in the shooting in the back seat of his car. As he talked more, he chuckled and said, “Well, I killed them, I guess.”
Hard to think of a better candidate for the death penalty than someone who guns down people in a church.