Thursday, September 3, 2015

Charleston church shooting suspect to face death penalty

 Dylann Roof, 21, accused of killing nine black churchgoers during a Bible study will face the death penalty, according to court documents filed Thursday. This is because more than two people were killed, and that others' lives were put at risk.

Roof faces state charges including nine murder counts in the June 17 slayings at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church. He is expected in court again on those charges in October. He also faces federal charges including hate crimes and obstruction of the practice of religion, some of which are also eligible for the death penalty in that system.

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