Charleston Massacre Suspect Pleads Guilty To Avoid Death Penalty

"I have not shed a tear for the innocent people I killed", the notes said.

The attorneys stated that Roof believed "the very white nationalists whom he considers his allies" would turn on him and persecute him for his "perceived infirmities" if he were to be labeled incompetent.

"I want everyone to understand that nothing is all bad, and Dylann is not all bad", the elder Roof said. "And Dylann is not all bad". "We're just as sorry as we can be that this happened". Joe Roof said it was a situation that he never thought possible.

"I only found out they would be presenting a mental health defense a few days prior to writing this letter", Roof wrote in November. Jennifer Pinckney, the widow of slain pastor and state Sen. We contacted her office seeking further comment.

According to The Washington Post, he declined an opportunity to address the court after the friends and families of his victims spoke. "We are glad this saga is over", said Cynthia Hurd's brother Melvin Graham.

"This is the surest way to see that Dylann Roof is executed", said Scarlett A. Wilson, solicitor for the state's Ninth Judicial Circuit.

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Roof answered a series of questions from the judge, with a series of short one or two word replies, before the judge handed down the sentence.

During his federal trial prosecutors said Roof sat with his victims for more than 40 minutes before he opened fire on them, and that he reloaded his gun seven times, shooting his victims repeatedly.

Roof, wearing a gray prison jumpsuit and shackled at the wrists and waist, stood in a state courtroom in Charleston and entered "guilty" pleas to the murders of nine African-Americans at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church. Roof scouted the Emanuel AME Church months before, calling and visiting, Richardson said. "With us securing a life sentence just in case - in the very, very unlikely event that something were to happen to the federal conviction - we have our conviction in place".

Roof later maintained during a closed court hearing that a defense challenging his mental health "discredits the reason why I did the crime", the ruling stated. They were rejected as state lawmakers voted to remove from the State House grounds the Confederate flag prominent in so many of Roof's self-posted photos.

Wilson also praised the Charleston community for rising above the tragedy and called Roof's plan to start a race war "an epic failure".

Gergel did agree to keep certain details about Roof's family's personal and medical history because his family members, who took no part in his crime, had a significant "privacy interest" to be protected.

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