Jury convicts Dylann Roof in racially motivated slayings of 9 black church members in South Carolina.
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A jury in Charleston, S.C., has found Dylann Roof guilty on all 33 counts of federal hate crimes he faced for murdering nine people and attempting to kill three others in the basement of a historically black church.
Federal prosecutors are seeking a death sentence. Roof has asked to represent himself in the penalty phase of the trial, which is scheduled to begin Jan. 3.
The guilt phase of the trial featured six days of testimony from 30 witnesses, including a recorded confession and excerpts from Roof’s journal, and painted a picture of a young man filled with racial hatred who spent months planning to murder black people.
Roof entered Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal church in downtown Charleston on the evening of June 17, 2015, and, for nearly an hour, sat among a dozen people at a bible study before opening fire during the worshippers’ final prayer.
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