Dylann Roof Sentenced to Death

Josh Laufer

On January 11th, Dylann Roof was sentenced to death. Roof is the convicted killer of nine at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in South Carolina in 2015.

At the sentencing hearing, Roof listened as family members of the slain victims talked to him. He refused to make eye contact. However, Roof stated again: “I do not regret what I did.” During his closing argument, Roof said “I felt like I had to do it, and I still feel like I had to do it.”

After a two-hour argument, the jury decided that the death sentence was a suitable penalty. The jury cited the evidence that Roof fired his weapon 75 times and reloaded 7 times. It was also stated that he “stood over his victims, shooting them repeatedly.”

However, this case may bounce around courts for much longer. Death penalty sentences are complicated and many appeals and avenues can be taken to prolong or overturn the process. Ultimately, justice seems to be catching up to the murderer.