BREAKING: Dylann Roof Sentenced To Death For Killing 9 Black Church Members

January 10, 2017, 6:11 PM

A federal jury has sentenced Dylann Roof to death for killing nine black church members in a racially motivated church attack in 2015.

10 women and two men of the jury  recommended the death penalty for all 18 counts.
The judge will formally sentence Roof on Wednesday.
Right before the jury deliberated his fate, Roof  was asked if he had a comment to make.
“In my confession to the FBI I told them that I had to do it, and obviously that’s not really true. … I didn’t have to do anything,” Roof said as he made his own five-minute closing argument in the penalty phase of his federal trial. “But what I meant when I said that was, I felt like I had to do it, and I still do feel like I had to do it.”
“From what I’ve been told, I have a right to ask you to give me a life sentence, but I’m not sure what good that will do anyway,” Roof said. “But what I will say is only one of you has to disagree with the other jurors.” Roof continued.

During a prayer service at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, Roof killed nine African Americans. After several people identified Roof as the main suspect, he became the center of a manhunt that ended the morning after the shooting with his arrest in Shelby, North Carolina. He later confessed that he committed the shooting in hopes of igniting a race war.


Three days after the shooting, a website titled The Last Rhodesian was discovered and later confirmed by officials to be owned by Roof. The website contained photos of Roof posing with symbols of white supremacy and neo-Nazism, along with a manifesto in which he outlined his views towards blacks, among other peoples.