Dylann Roof, a white supremacist, who was found guilty of the murder of nine black people after he entered Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, Charleston, South Carolina and opened fire, has been sentenced to death.
Last month, Roof was convicted of 33 federal charges, including hate crimes and murder. On December 7th, Roof’s trial began, in which he could face a lifetime in prison or the death penalty. Roof’s heinous act was motivated by race, as he stated in his confessions video that he “had to do it because somebody had to” and that “blacks are raping and killing white people on the streets every day.”
The Jurors, which was made up of twelve members, deliberated for nearly three hours before reaching their verdict.
Roof attempted to persuade the jury to spare his life, he stated, “I think it’s safe to say nobody in their mind wants to go into a church and kill people,” he told the Jury. “In my [FBI confession] tape I told them I had to. No one made me. What I meant was: I felt like I had to do it.” Roof continues by telling the Jury that, “Anyone, including prosecution, who thinks I’m filled with hate has no idea what hate is. They don’t know anything about hate.”
During Roof’s trial, he represented himself and denied that he had any physiological problem. Roof also did not question any witnesses or put up any evidence.