South Carolina prosecutors announced today that they will seek the death penalty for Dylann Storm Roof, the 21-year-old white man accused of shooting and killing nine people at Charleston’s historically black Emanuel AME Church on June 17.
According to court documents filed by South Carolina prosecutor Scarlett Wilson today, the state will present a litany of evidence against Roof, including “photographs, video tapes, diagrams of the scene and victims, expert testimony, and statements by the Defendant, internet postings by the Defendant and other testimony related thereto.”
He has also pleaded not guilty to 33 federal hate crime counts. US Attorney General Loretta Lynch announced those charges in July, saying Roof “decided to seek out and murder African Americans because of their race.”
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