Dylann Roof, the 22 year old responsible for the shooting of 9 church-goers in Charleston, South Carolina 19 months ago, has been sentenced to death.
It took only 3 hours of deliberation by the jury to come to a unanimous decision to sentence Dylann Roof to death. On June 17, 2015, Roof attended Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal for a bible study meeting. He then cooly murdered 9 other attendees in a brutal, racially charged attack.
Last month, Roof was found guilty on 33 counts for the attack. The details of Roof’s trial have been heartbreaking and highly publicized. During the penalty phase of the trial, Roof’s journal was read, as an apparent manifesto for his actions.
During the penalty phase of the trial, Roof chose to represent himself. He refused to claim any mental incapacity to defend himself and presented almost no evidence in his defense.
U.S. Attorney Jay Richardson said in his closing arguments today, “He was unrepentant,” and that “He understood the consequence that would be coming”.
In Roof’s final statement today, he continued to show his lack of remorse for his actions. According to NBC News, Roof said “In my (FBI confession) tape I told them I had to. But it’s not true: I didn’t have to. No one made me. What I meant was: I felt like I had to do it. I still feel like I have to do it.”