Dylann Roof is condemned
Dylann Roof has been found Guilty of the murders of 9 Charleston, South Carolina church goers who he murdered in cold blood at The Emanuel A.M.E church, one of the oldest historically black churches in America , during a Bible study.
Roof was found guilty on 33 charges under the US Federal hate crime bill. They are as follows:
Hate Crime Act Resulting in death [9 counts]
Hate Crime Act Involving An Attempt to Kill [3 counts]
Obstruction of Exercise Of Religion Resulting in death [9 counts]
Obstruction of Exercise of Religion An Attempt to Kill and Using a Dangerous Weapon [ 3 counts]
Use of a Firearm to Commit Murder During and in Relation to a Crime of Violence [3 counts]
He still faces the following charges in South Carolina State court where he also Faces the death penalty:
Murder [9 counts]
Attempted Murder [3 Counts]
Possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime
He initially confessed and chose to represent himself and was found competent to stand trial.
Roof bragged about being a white supremacist and expressed ambitions of starting a race war.
Throughout the trial he showed little or no emotion and even Stated “I feel no remorse for the innocent people I killed.”
He will receive the death penalty.
It’s never a good thing to rejoice over the death of anyone but a message needs to be sent that it is not acceptable to murder black people , that our lives have value and if they are stolen the killer must be punished.
He denied being mentally ill which could have spared him his life if he were found not guilty by reason of insanity/ But apparently he wasn’t interested in being spared the death penalty or being found not guilty.
There could be years of appeals unless he waives his right to an appeal which appears to be likely.
His being executed will not bring back any of the innocent victims nor will it stop people from hating.
Sadly enough a new president was just into the Whitehouse who shares many of the same hateful views.