Dylann Roof, the 23-year-old who was found guilty of murdering nine South Carolina churchgoers “without remorse” in 2015, has been moved to a federal facility, where he will await his execution.
Roof was sentenced to death in January after 12 jurors reached a unanimous verdict following just three hours of deliberation.
The self-titled white supremacist had previously been found guilty of 33 charges, including nine hate crimes resulting in death, after opening fire on members of the Mother Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston during a Bible study.
Following his arrest, the convicted shooter was held at the Al Cannon Detention Center in Charleston, but prison records now show he has been transferred to death row at the United States Penitentiary in Terre Haute, Indiana.Image Credit: Pool/Getty Images
He was transferred to the medium-security federal facility on Friday and will remain there until the date of his execution, though no official date for his lethal injection has been set, according to NBC News.
It is expected that the execution won’t take place for a long while — possibly years. Some other inmates at the Terre Haute facility have been on death row since 1993.
Roof was sentenced to death after he told jurors that he felt killing the African-American churchgoers was necessary.
During his five-minute final statement, he told the court:
“In my confession to the FBI I told them that I had to do it, and obviously that’s not really true. … I didn’t have to do anything. But what I meant when I said that was, I felt like I had to do it, and I still do feel like I had to do it.”
The convicted shooter told federal investigators that his motive behind the shooting was “to start a race war.”
Roof is one of 62 federal prisoners currently awaiting execution.