The Department of Justice will pursue the death penalty for the man who shot and killed nine members of the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina, last summer.
BREAKING: Justice Department to seek death penalty for Dylann Roof in fatal shootings at Charleston church.
— The Associated Press (@AP) May 24, 2016
According to the Post and Courier:
“Roof’s substantial planning before the assault, his expressions of hatred toward black people and his lack of remorse after the slayings helped drive the decision, a notice in U.S. District Court stated.”.
The paper added:
“The move is a relatively rare one for the federal government since it reinstated capital punishment nearly three decades ago.”
Soon after the June 17th shooting, Roof’s online manifesto surfaced across the internet, suggesting that the massacre was racially motivated.