Convicted killer’s actions detailed by survivor in emotional testimony during trial
Survivor Takes Stand At Charleston Shooting Trial | MSNBC
Dylann Roof was convicted on all 33 charges today in a courtroom in Charleston, South Carolina. Roof killed 9 church members who had invited him to join their Bible study in what prosecutors argued were killings motivated by racist hatred and bigotry. The jury that convicted Roof on all 33 counts will reconvene to determine whether or not the murderer will receive the death penalty. Roof told FBI agents that he wanted to restore segregation or possibly start a race war and justified his killings as a response to “black-on-white” crime. In total, Roof discharged 77 bullets in Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal killing the Rev. Clementa Pinckney, 41, Emanuel AME’s pastor and a state senator; Myra Thompson, 59, Bible study teacher for that night; Cynthia Hurd, 54, a church librarian who worked with Thompson; and Depayne Middleton-Doctor, 49, who friends said sang like an angel. Also killed were Daniel “Dapper Dan” Simmons, 74, nicknamed for “his shiny shoes and fine hats” according to ABC News; Sharonda Coleman-Singleton, 45, a high school track coach; Ethel Lance, 70, the church sexton who also cleaned the church; Susie Jackson, 87, who sang in the choir; and Tywanza Sanders, 26, Jackson’s nephew and an aspiring poet.
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[ABC News – Dylann Roof Convicted of All Counts in Church Slaughter]
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