Charleston Shootings

Crime & Courts

Roof gets death penalty after telling jury, ‘I still feel that I had to do it’

Dylann Roof did not ask jurors to spare his life for the slayings of nine people in a Charleston church. “I’m not sure what good that would do,” he said. Roof, who is from the Columbia area, represented himself during the penalty phase of his federal hate crimes trial.

Local

Judge: Roof competent to represent himself

A federal judge ruled Monday that Dylann Roof is mentally fit to represent himself during the sentencing phase of his death penalty trial. He also delayed the start of that phase by one day — until Wednesday.

Charleston Shootings

Congregants suffer quiet agony at the Dylann Roof trial

Each morning they flowed into Courtroom Six, escorted by federal officials from a holding room reserved for survivors and families of the victims. The accused, Dylann Roof, never turned from the end of the defense table to acknowledge the parents, widows and widowers, children, grandchildren and fellow congregants of the nine African-Americans he confessed to killing in June 2015 at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church.

Charleston Shootings

Roof jury turns to sentence after holiday break

The federal jury of 10 women and two men who found Dylann Roof guilty of federal hate crimes Thursday in the killings of nine African-Americans at a historic Charleston church now must wait more than two weeks for the trial’s next phase. Jurors on Jan. 3 will begin to hear evidence about whether to give the death penalty or life without parole to the 22-year-old self-avowed white supremacist from Columbia.

Videos

Caravan carrying Dylann Roof exits the Charleston Federal Courthouse

After his conviction for murder and hate crimes, Dylann Roof is transported away from the Federal Courthouse in Charleston on Thursday, December 15, 2016. This is one of the vehicles in the group.
Caravan carrying Dylann Roof exits the Charleston Federal Courthouse 0:18

Caravan carrying Dylann Roof exits the Charleston Federal Courthouse

Victim Felicia Sanders talks about Dylann Roof guilty verdict 8:46

Victim Felicia Sanders talks about Dylann Roof guilty verdict

Dylann Roof target practice 1:23

Dylann Roof target practice

Surveillance video shows events before and after Charleston shooting 1:26

Surveillance video shows events before and after Charleston shooting