Charleston Shooter Dylann Roof Found Guilty Of All Charges In Church Massacre

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The legal system actually worked this time.

On Thursday, a jury found Dylann Roof guilty of all 33 counts of committing hate crimes after he massacred nine people and tried to kill three more in a historically black church in Charleston, South Carolina.

Last year, Roof opened fire at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church during a bible study group.

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He was found guilty of the federal charges after undergoing a trial that included testimony from 30 witnesses, a recorded confession, and journal excerpts that prove his deep-seeded hatred for people of color.

The convicted killer will begin the penalty phase of his trial on January 3, in which he has asked to represent himself. Federal prosecutors are seeking the death penalty.

These aren’t the only charges the mass murderer is facing. The state of South Carolina has slapped him with separate murder charges, and is also seeking the death penalty in relation to those.

That trial will begin on January 17.

[Image via Charleston County Sheriff’s Office.]

Dec 15, 2016 4:21pm PDT

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