He has never shown remorse for what he did. He said he “would do it again”. This is someone who will not change. He is the very definition of a cold, heartless killer. The jury knew this.
Convicted murderer and white supremacist Dylann Roof has been sentenced to death for the cold blooded 2015 massacre of nine black Charleston churchgoers after he told the jury on Tuesday that he would do it all again.
The 12-person jury deliberating the penalty phase of the trial spent about three hours making the decision for the 22-year-old’s sentence. The jury was made up of nine white people and three African Americans.
Roof stared straight ahead as the judge read through the jury’s verdict findings before announcing his death sentence, local media reported on social media.
Moments after his sentence was announced, Roof stood to speak to the judge and requested court-appointed new lawyers to help him file a motion for a new trial, as his current attorneys, David Bruck and Kim Stevens sat beside him, The Post and Courier reported.
U.S. District Judge Richard Gergel told the 22-year-old white supremacist that a significant amount ‘has been spent on the current legal team that he sidelined for the trial’s penalty phase’ so that he could represent himself.
Gergel said he would ‘be strongly disinclined’ to bring in a new team of lawyers at this point.
However, he said that he would listen to any motions that Roof would like to make during Wednesday proceedings, which will begin at 9am.
An hour after the sentencing was announced, his defense team released this statement:
‘We want to express our sympathy to all of the families who were so grievously hurt by Dylann Roof’s actions,’ the statement reads.
‘Today’s sentencing decision means that this case will not be over for a very long time. We are sorry that, despite our best efforts, the legal proceedings have shed so little light on the reasons for this tragedy.’
His family also released a statement saying that they ‘will always love’ him.
‘We are Dylann Roof’s family. We will always love Dylann. We will struggle as long as we live to understand why he committed this horrible attack, which caused so much pain to so many good people,’ the family’s statement reads.
‘We wish to express the grief we feel for the victims of his crimes, and our sympathy to the m any families he has hurt. We continue to pray for the Emanuel AME families and the Charleston community.’
Before the three white and nine black jurors went to deliberate, Roof was unrepentant at the federal capital trial on Tuesday.
He told jurors earlier in the day that he still felt that killing nine black people at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church was something he had to do and did not ask the jury to spare his life for the 2015 massacre.