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Dylann Roof Convicted In Slayings Of Black Church Members

7:38 pm - 12/15/2016
A jury on Thursday convicted Dylann Roof of slaughtering nine black members of a Charleston, South Carolina, church.

He was convicted of 33 federal charges, from hate crimes to the obstruction of the practice of religion.

Roof, 22, walked into the historic Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, commonly referred to as “Mother Emanuel,” in June 2015 during Bible study. He sat with congregation members before taking out a gun and starting his massacre.

He killed Cynthia Hurd, Ethel Lance, Susie Jackson, Daniel Simmons, Tywanza Sanders, Sharonda Coleman-Singleton, DePayne Middleton-Doctor, Myra Thompson and Clementa Pinckney, who was the pastor of the church.

The 12 jurors deliberated for less than two hours after six days of testimony. Seventeen of Roof’s federal charges carry the death penalty.

After his arrest, Roof spoke with FBI agents for two hours, during which time he said, “I am guilty. We all know I’m guilty.”

The tape, which was played for jurors, showed Roof telling the agents he committed the acts because he believed black men were raping white women “daily” and that white people had become second-class citizens.

Roof spared Polly Sheppard, a 72-year-old retired nurse, on the night of the massacre.

“I was praying out loud,” Sheppard said during her emotional testimony. “He told me to shut up.”

After asking if she had been shot, Roof then told Sheppard he would let her live so she could tell the story.

Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.) referred to Roof as an “evil man” in a statement released Thursday afternoon.

“As the killer now awaits sentencing, I want the families of those lost that day to know one thing: we are still with you,” the statement says in part.

South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley (R) also expressed her condolences to the families who lost loved ones in the shooting.

Mother Emanuel, founded in 1816 by members of the black community who left their Methodist church over racial prejudice, has seen its share of discrimination. In 1822, white supremacists burned it to the ground, and in 1834, local laws banned black churches, forcing members to meet in secret.

Despite the continued hardships, the church has remained resilient. Last June, a Bible study and church service was held on the anniversary of the shootings. Kylon Middleton, who grew up with Pinckney and is the pastor of Mount Zion AME Church in Charleston, helped lead the service. Middleton shouted prayers for all the families affected by the tragedy ― including Roof’s own family.

Jurors will reconvene on Jan. 3 to decide whether Roof will be put to death or imprisoned for life. Roof plans to represent himself during the sentencing phase of his trial.

Source: HuffPost

I'm anti-death penalty in general, so on principle, I can't root for him to be sentenced to death. However, if anyone ever deserved that sentence, this hateful, racist pos does. (Yeah, I know I sound like a hypocrite. C'est la vie.,)
flyingpigs_live 16th-Dec-2016 01:46 am (UTC)
it's sad that i'm surprised that he was actually convicted.
lightbird777 16th-Dec-2016 05:22 am (UTC)
Yeah, I had the same reaction.
lightframes 16th-Dec-2016 05:51 am (UTC)
It's because 1) he's not a police officer and 2) they were praying in a church. We have to be angelic for people to feel bad when we're killed.
moonshaz 16th-Dec-2016 09:22 am (UTC)

I kind of thought he'd be convicted of something, but i didn't dare hope he'd be convicted of every single charge. Especially the hate crime charges. This really exceeded my hopes, in a very ggod way.

sugartitty 16th-Dec-2016 11:09 am (UTC)
I'm actually, for once, not surprised. I live in SC and this shooting was pretty much universally devastating to us. Clementa Pinckney in particular was a very respected and beloved person here.
yamamanama 16th-Dec-2016 02:49 pm (UTC)
Same here.
eveofrevolution 16th-Dec-2016 01:46 am (UTC)
I know exactly what you mean about the death penalty. I don't support it, but I also won't shed a tear or call it unjust if he is put to death.
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bex 16th-Dec-2016 02:29 pm (UTC)
I'm thinking he just plans to use it as a platform to spread his nonsense, not because he actually thinks he will effectively make a case for himself.
ladycyndra 16th-Dec-2016 02:48 am (UTC)
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jeliza 16th-Dec-2016 04:45 am (UTC)
I think I basically have a "serial killer/mass murderer with incontrovertible evidence" exception. This guy, Bundy... but I need absolutely not a smidgen of doubt, for an overwhelmingly horrific crime. There are just way too many successful Innocence Project cases.
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jeliza 16th-Dec-2016 05:11 am (UTC)
I googled her, and I think I'm going to have nightmares now. Just. Oh my god.
lokilaufeysanon 16th-Dec-2016 12:58 pm (UTC)
I just looked her up (no words, no words at all) and it seems the state of Alabama passed a law that makes her ineligible for parole, so the piece of shit will die there.
moonshaz 16th-Dec-2016 06:32 pm (UTC)

Oh, that's good to know!

yamamanama 16th-Dec-2016 02:50 pm (UTC)
For me, it's authoritarian leaders like Bashar al-Assad and Vladimir Putin.
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yamamanama 16th-Dec-2016 06:54 pm (UTC)
Or even current leaders.
soleiltropiques 16th-Dec-2016 08:30 pm (UTC)
I'd *totally* get behind that.
blackjedii 16th-Dec-2016 03:09 am (UTC)
and nothing of value was lost that day
mhfromnh 16th-Dec-2016 04:18 am (UTC)
rot in jail, mushroomhead
sugartitty 16th-Dec-2016 11:12 am (UTC)
I feel very, very few qualms about him getting the death penalty tbqh. He murdered these people for no other reason than hatred for the color of their skin.
bnmc2005 16th-Dec-2016 03:34 pm (UTC)
MTE re: the death penalty. I really had to check myself on this one.
soleiltropiques 16th-Dec-2016 08:34 pm (UTC)
I'm so glad he was found guilty.

I hope he rots in hell.

Edited at 2016-12-16 08:34 pm (UTC)
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