Dylann Roof was convicted on Thursday of 33 federal crimes for the brutal mass murder at the Charleston Church in South Carolina on June 17th 2015.
During the trial both Shepard and Felicia Sanders, another survivor, testified against Roof. Sanders told the courts that he belonged in “the pits of hell.”
Below is the audio recording of the 911 call placed by Polly Shepard, who Roof spared to spread the word about the killings.
Federal Prosecutor Nathan Williams described Roof as a coward “who has an overwhelming hatred” for the African American people. He went on to explain why Roof committed these heinous crimes against nine innocent people saying, “He executed them because he believed they were nothing more than animals.”
David Bruck, Roof’s attorney, however, tried to convince the courts that their client was a suicidal loner who had been brainwashed by white supremacist websites and was not mentally equipped to be held responsible for the murders. Judge Richard Gergel dismissed the apparent evidence of Roof’s mental state, which his attorney attempted to present.
Federal Prosecutor Nathan Williams refuted these claims stating the courts must, “Hold him accountable for every one of his actions,” and, “Find him guilty of all counts of this indictment.” The case will continue regardless of the lawyer’s push to have it thrown out on the alleged “mental health” issues.
Below is a surveillance video of Roof entering and then exiting the church with a gun in his hand.
Prosecutors requested that Roof receive the death penalty, after being charged for the murders. Although Roof has admitted to the charges as heard in the police interrogation video below, he is pleading not guilty in order to fight against the looming death penalty he faces. The courts refused his attorney’s plea deal for life imprisonment.
The video below depicts the disturbing confession by Roof, as he shows complete disregard for African American life and even chuckles about what he did.
In 1985, South Carolina removed the ban on capital punishment. The state is considered to be harshest regarding capital punishment, using both the electric chair and lethal injections as methods of extermination.
During his sentencing beginning on January 3rd, Roof has asked to represent himself despite Gergel’s option to reconsider. It will be the first time he’s publicly been heard from since the shootings.
H/T: The Daily Mail
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