Dylann Roof pleads guilty to state murder charges for deadly Charleston church shooting
Dylann Roof, a self-avowed white supremacist from the Columbia area sentenced to death in the massacre of nine people at the Mother Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, is now in federal custody. He’s on death row in Indiana.
Federal records on Saturday show Roof is now being held at the United States Penitentiary in Terre Haute, Indiana. The facility houses federal inmates awaiting death sentences.
Officials at the Charleston County Detention Center confirm Roof was transferred from the Al Cannon Detention Center Friday, and is in the custody of the U.S. Marshals service. Roof’s next destination is federal prison.
Roof had been at the Charleston jail since his arrest after he murdered parishioners at the Mother Emanuel AME Church in Charleston on June 17, 2015. He told FBI agents he was hoping to start a race war.
Roof was convicted in December on 33 federal charges relating to the shooting. He was sentenced to death on those charges in January.
In early April, Roof pleaded guilty to 13 state charges – including nine counts of murder, three counts of attempted murder and a weapons charge – for life sentences without parole and avoiding a second trial.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.