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Gunman who killed 9 in hate crime sentenced to death

Gunman who killed 9 in hate crime sentenced to death

The jury, which comprised nine white and three black members, came to a unanimous verdict after three hours of deliberation, which was announced by United States district judge Richard Gergel. Law officers also reviewed Roof's jailhouse journal in which he said he felt no regret for his crimes.

"Somebody had to do something because black people are killing white people every day", Roof said without emotion to the Federal Bureau of Investigation special agent questioning him.

"I think it's safe to say nobody in their mind wants to go into a church and kill people", he told the jury. "I didn't have to do anything", Roof said. I feel pity that I had to do what I did in the first place.

"They welcomed a 13th person that night. with a kind word, a Bible, a handout and a chair", Assistant U.S. Attorney Jay Richardson said during his closing argument at Roof's sentencing on Tuesday. Tuesday, he was sentenced to die for the massacre.

"I can't hate live with hate forever, but in due time I will heal". He has largely been silent in court since the attack and his arrest almost 19 months ago.

"If I was really filled with as much hate as I allegedly am, wouldn't I just say I don't like black people?" I'm just glad that they didn't leave that decision to me.

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When he was given an opportunity to plead for his life, Roof said: "I have the right to ask you to give me a life sentence, but I'm not sure what good it would do anyway". "He understood the consequences that would be coming".

The tragedy led to the flag being removed from the SC statehouse, where it had flown for 50 years. We remember those who have suffered, and especially those that lost their lives: Cynthia Graham Hurd, 54; Susie Jackson, 87; Ethel Lance, 70; Rev. DePayne Middleton Doctor, 49; Rev. Clementa Pinckney, 41; Tywanza Sanders, 26; Rev. Daniel Simmons Sr., 74; Sharonda Coleman-Singleton, 45; and Myra Thompson, 59.

Last week, Roof told jurors there was nothing wrong with him psychologically - and at one point became frustrated with the number of relatives and friends giving impact statements in court. If you favor the death penalty, you favor the proposition "Better the innocent be murdered than that the guilty escape my vengeful bloodlust".

Since 2010, the federal government has been unable to carry out executions, creating a de facto moratorium, and the reason may read as familiar; the federal government has had the same problems finding lethal injection drugs as many state prison systems.

On Tuesday, a federal prosecutor painted a portrait of good and evil as closing statements began in the sentencing phase in the trial.


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