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Dylann Roof: Prosecutors Will Seek Death Penalty For Charleston Church Shooter

Thu, September 3, 2015 3:13pm EDT by 1 Comment
Dylann Roof Death Penalty

The world still mourns the Charleston Church Shooting that saw nine people brutally shot and killed, allegedly by Dylann Roof. Now, state prosecutors say that when Dylann goes to trial, they will seek the death penalty!

Dylann Roof, 21, has been in custody since June 18, as he awaits trial for the Charleston Church Shootings that left nine innocent people dead. When Dylann has his day in court over the crimes, if found guilty, the prosecution will call for Dylann to be put to death.

It’s hard to believe it’s been over two months since Dylann was charged with committing this atrocious crime. On June 17, he allegedly walked into the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina. When he left, nine people were dead, including Rev. Clementa Pinckney, who was also a South Carolina state senator. The prosecution thinks Dylann deserves the death penalty, reports the New York Times, and they will ask for it if he’s found guilty.

He has been indicted on 33 federal hate crime charges, as well as in state court. South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley has joined state officials calling for the death penalty for these racially motivated attacks. Prosecutors also plan to present evidence on Dylann’s mental state, his criminal record and how he apparently has a lack of remorse over the killings he’s been charged with.

Dylann allegedly walked into the historic downtown Charleston church and sat in a Bible study class for over an hour before he pulled out a .45 semi-automatic handgun. One by one, Dylann supposedly shot and killed nine people, before escaping into the night. Dylann drew a massive manhunt before he was caught in the small town of Shelby, North Carolina. Since then, his history of white supremacy and racial hatred has revealed his reported attack as an attempt to start a new “race war.”

Taylor Swift, Kerry Washington & More Celebs Grieve For Lost Lives In Carolina Shooting

This tragedy caused an outpouring of sadness and support from around the nation, including some of the biggest names in music, movies, television and politics. Taylor Swift said her “heart dropped” when she heard the news, while Kerry Washington, Chris Pratt and Questlove send their prayers to Charleston. Presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Jeb Bush also joined in, sending their sympathies to the friends and families of the victims.

Do you agree with the prosecutors seeking the death penalty for Dylann, HollywoodLifers?

— Jason Brow