Dylann Roof Issues Guilty Plea to State Murder Charges

  • Dylann Roof Issues Guilty Plea to State Murder Charges

Dylann Roof Issues Guilty Plea to State Murder Charges

Roof appearing in black and white prisoner stripes and in shackles at the defendant's table, pleads guilty in a SC state court to charges of murder and attempted murder, from his killing and wounding black churchgoers in 2015.

Roof pleaded guilty to nine murder charges, three attempted murder charges, and one weapons charge.

The action was largely a formality, since Roof had already been sentenced to death at the beginning of the year following his conviction in federal court on murder and other related charges.

At the federal trial, Assistant US Attorney Jay Richardson said the admitted white supremacist scouted out his target multiple times, and sat with the church group in a Bible study class for 40 minutes before shooting.

Roof was 21 years old when he walked into a bible study group at Emanuel AME Church on June 17, 2015, staying for nearly an hour before opening fire. He was sentenced to death during a separate proceeding earlier this year.

"The impact at Mother Emanuel has been far reaching", said Pastor Eric Manning, who now leads Emanuel's congregation.

Roof told investigators in a recorded interview that he committed the crime because "black people are killing white people every day".

As part of the state plea agreement, Roof will be transferred to a prison outside of SC to await his execution, according to the Associated Press. Relatives of each of the nine people killed attended court each day of his federal trial.

Roof will be taken to a federal prison in a different state where he will await his execution. Clementa Pinckney, brought some jurors to tears with her description of how she shielded her young daughter in her husband's office as the bullets rang out in the nearby fellowship hall.

"I have the right to ask you to give me a life sentence, but I'm not sure what good it would do anyway", Roof added, according to the Associated Press. State prosecutors originally pursued the same penalty against him before reaching the plea agreement.

"I still feel like I had to do it", Roof told jurors in his closing argument in January.

Sanders, who was in attendance with her son Tywanza Sanders and aunt Susie Jackson at South Carolina's Mother Emanuel A.M.E.

Roof is expected to be transferred to a federal prison within the next few weeks.

"Love is stronger than hate".