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Dylann Roof

Mar 21, 2018

South Carolina bill to lengthen gun background checks stalls

COLUMBIA (AP) A bill filed in South Carolina to lengthen background checks after one failed to prevent the sale of a gun to the man who killed nine people in a Charleston church in 2015 has stalled. The Senate Judiciary Committee decided not to vote March 20 on a bill dealing with the so-called “Charleston Loophole” […]

Feb 28, 2018

Faith, public safety leaders back Dylann Roof loophole bill

COLUMBIA (AP) Members of faith and law enforcement communities are voicing support for a bipartisan bill that would make it tougher for someone like Dylann Roof to buy a gun in South Carolina. Emanuel AME Church pastor Eric Manning told lawmakers Feb. 27 he supports the measure to extend background checks from three days to five. […]

Jul 12, 2017

Black law clerk stays in Charleston after Dylann Roof trial

Christopher Bryant sat in his usual seat raised above a federal courtroom last fall when Dylann Roof walked toward a podium before him. Bryant, a black law clerk for the presiding judge, knew well the racist ideology the self-avowed white supremacist used to explain why he killed nine worshippers at Emanuel AME Church. Long before […]

May 23, 2017

Condemned church shooter Roof seeks appellate court mercy

A white supremacist sentenced to death for killing nine worshippers in a racist attack at a Charleston church has petitioned an appeals court for mercy. Attorneys for Dylann Roof filed notice Tuesday they were appealing his conviction and sentence to the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Earlier this month, the federal judge who presided […]

Apr 11, 2017

9 life sentences in state case on Charleston church slayings

With Charleston church shooter Dylann Roof getting nine life sentences in state court on top of a federal death sentence, his prosecutions are finally over — and some relatives of the nine parishioners he killed at a historically black church say they can finally begin to heal. Nadine Collier, daughter of the slain 70-year-old Ethel […]

Apr 10, 2017

Charleston church shooter pleads guilty to state charges

Convicted Charleston church shooter Dylann Roof was given nine consecutive life sentences in state prison after he pleaded guilty to state murder charges Monday, leaving him to await execution in a federal prison and sparing his victims and their families the burden of a second trial. Judge J.C. Nicholson imposed the sentences following a hearing […]

Feb 22, 2017

Documents: After shooting, Roof went toward 2nd black church

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The man convicted of killing nine worshippers during Bible study at a black church drove toward a second black church after the shootings, according to South Carolina prosecutors who oversaw the federal case against him. In court documents unsealed Tuesday, federal prosecutors said they had GPS evidence showing that Dylann Roof […]

Feb 21, 2017

Convicted church shooter Roof wants new federal trial

COLUMBIA (AP) Convicted Charleston church shooter Dylann Roof has asked for a new federal trial, saying prosecutors didn’t have jurisdiction to bring their case against him. Roof’s attorneys made that request Feb. 10, claiming the government failed to prove his use of the internet, highways and a gun manufactured out of state were sufficient enough […]

Jan 11, 2017

Families: Forgiving church shooter doesn’t mean sparing life

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — The families shattered when a gunman entered Emanuel AME Church and fired 77 shots at the end of Bible study get one last chance to confront convicted killer Dylann Roof on Wednesday before he heads off to death row as a federal judge verifies the jury’s death sentence. The willingness of […]

Jan 10, 2017

Roof’s fate soon will rest in hands of 12 federal jurors

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — The assault on Emanuel AME Church left a total of 12 victims: Nine who were killed that June night and three who survived the hail of bullets in the basement of the beautiful, historic structure in downtown Charleston. Now, after hearing testimony from relatives of those slain in the 2015 attack […]

Jan 9, 2017

Dylann Roof puts up no defense against death penalty

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — After four days of testimony, prosecutors rested their death penalty case Monday against convicted Charleston church shooter Dylann Roof, calling more than two dozen people during the trial’s penalty phase. Most of the testimony consisted of heartwarming stories about each of the nine people Roof killed in the 2015 attack at […]

Jan 4, 2017

Roof trial enters sentencing phase

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Jurors returned to court Wednesday to begin considering whether Dylann Roof will receive the death penalty or life in prison for the 2015 massacre at a historic black church in South Carolina that left nine Bible study participants dead. Last month, the same jury took less than two hours to find […]

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