This is one thing everyone can cheer about. Less psycho’s out there, the better.
The U.S. Department of Justice will seek the death penalty against Charleston shooter Dylann Roof.
Roof, 22, is accused of killing nine black parishioners at a historic church in South Carolina last June.
‘The nature of the alleged crime and the resulting harm compelled this decision,’ Attorney General Loretta Lynch said in a statement.
He faces 33 federal charges, including hate crimes, obstruction of religion and firearms offenses.
Authorities have accused him of holding white supremacist views, saying he targeted the victims because of their race.
His federal trial had been delayed while U.S. prosecutors decided whether to seek the death penalty.
Defense attorneys have said he would plead guilty if he did not face the possibility of execution.
He also faces the state death penalty if convicted of the shooting.
Roof’s attorney, Michael O’Connell, declined to comment on the prosecution’s decision when reached by phone on Tuesday.
The date and length of his trial is also determining the timeline of another trial: that of Officer Michael Slager, the South Carolina police officer charged with shooting dead black motorist Walter Scott.