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Convicted mass killer Dylann Roof will be sent to a federal prison to await execution once his state murder case concludes next week with a scheduled guilty plea, according to newly filed court documents.
Roof, 22, is expected to plead guilty to state murder charges on April 10, sparing his nine victims’ loved ones a second grueling death penalty trial and ensuring he spends the remainder of his life in prison.
Roof was convicted in January of 33 federal charges, including hate crimes, and sentenced to death for killing nine black worshippers at Charleston’s Emanuel AME Church. However, 9th Circuit Solicitor Scarlett Wilson also was pursuing the death penalty for nine state murder charges, proceedings that had been on hold since the end of Roof’s federal trial.
She let families of Roof’s victims know last week that she is accepting a guilty plea instead.
Roof has been held at the Charleston County jail while
CONVICTED mass murderer Dylann Roof, who shot dead nine black people at a church, is set to plead guilty to state charges of murder in a bid to avoid a second death penalty.
White supremacist Roof, 22, killed nine African-American church-goers in cold blood during a bible study meeting in June 2015.
The killer, who has shown no remorse since the massacre, waited until his victims had their eyes closed for prayer before he gunned them down.
Roof was sentenced to death back in January after a federal jury found him guilty of 33 charges including hate crimes resulting in death.
He is now set to enter a guilty plea to state
Joey Meek, a friend of mass killer Dylann Roof’s, plans to appeal his more than two-year sentence for not reporting the attack at Emanuel AME Church, court documents stated Tuesday.
Meek, 22, of Lexington County was sentenced last week to 27 months in federal prison after pleading guilty to misprision of a felony and lying to federal agents.
His attorney, Deborah Barbier of Columbia, filed a notice to appeal the term to the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals. She did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Jay Richardson declined to comment.
The grounds for an appeal after a guilty plea are more limited than in trial convictions. The basic paperwork in Meek’s case did not lay out his reasons.
In exchange for a potentially lighter sentence, Meek had agreed to help prosecutors in Roof’s hate crimes trial, but the proceeding ended earlier this year with Roof’s death sentence and without
A federal grand jury indicted a Myrtle Beach-area man charged with buying a gun in an apparent plan to carry out an attack similar to that of convicted mass killer Dylann Roof.
The indictment for 29-year-old Benjamin Thomas Samuel McDowell, of Conway, was received by court officials Tuesday, according to records. He is charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm or ammunition.
McDowell, a convicted felon, purchased a .40-caliber Glock from an undercover FBI agent last month, according to a criminal complaint.
Federal investigators say McDowell, who was radicalized by white supremacy groups in prison, made repeated social media postings expressing anger toward Jewish people or praising Roof, the avowed white supremacist convicted in the execution-style slayings of nine African-American worshipers at Charleston’s Emanuel AME Church in 2015. He told the undercover agent he wanted to carry out his attack “in
Dylann Roof, the white supremacist who killed nine black worshippers in a church in Charleston, South Carolina, has been sentenced to death.
Roof asked for mercy in sentencing but showed no remorse for his actions.
The gunman entered the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, home to a historically black congregation, and sat with worshippers for three hours on June 17, 2015, before he opened fire.
The 22-year-old was convicted last month for the horrific massacre that shocked the US, further igniting racial tensions across the country.
Roof, who has expressed no remorse for his actions at any point since carrying out the massacre, is also facing state murder charges in South Carolina, in a trial slated to begin January 17. State
During the penalty phase of Roof’s trial, prosecutors presented a journal Roof has been keeping since he was arrested following the June 17, 2015 murders. The majority of the journal, like his so-called manifesto, is just racist rants about ridding the earth of Jews, the superiority of the white race, and how he has no remorse for killing nine innocent people. But he also made a list of his favorite movies, which includes several titles most people wouldn’t expect to see coming from a cold-blooded killer who chose his victims based on their race.
After mass killers commit murderous acts, investigators, profilers and psychologists often go back and examine what types of movies and other media to which they were exposed that may have inspired their crimes. They frequently find a common theme: violence, death and destruction. Dylann Roof, the 22-year-old white supremacist who murdered nine people at a
During his opening remarks for the sentencing phase of his trial, Dylann Roof told the nine white and three black jurors gathered together at the Federal District Court in Charleston, South Carolina that he was perfectly sane. “There’s nothing wrong with me psychologically,” said Roof, who was convicted by the same jury found him guilty of all 33 charges levied against him. Roof murdered nine people at the city’s Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in the summer of 2015.
Roof, who expressed more concern with how others perceive his psychological wellness than with his guilt or sentencing, chose to represent himself during the sentencing phase on Wednesday. He initially tried to do the same during the trial phase but later changed his mind. “The point is that I’m
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