Charleston Church shooter Dylann Roof sentenced to death

Roof killed nine black people at a church in 2015

Dylann Roof was impassive as his verdict was read out

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

The white supremacist who perpetrated a massacre at a church in South Carolina is to be executed, a court has ruled.

Dylann Roof was found guilty of carrying out the shooting spree which left nine black people dead in Charleston last year.

The justice department says he is the first person ever to be executed for federal hate crimes.

Roof represented himself during sentencing and showed no apparent remorse for the killings. He was reportedly impassive as the verdict of death was read out.

During his trial, which concluded last year, the jury heard that Roof sat quietly during a church service before opening fire. He is believed to have used the gun he was given for his 21st birthday to carry out the shooting.

After carrying out the massacre, he told the FBI he wanted to reimpose the racial segregation seen throughout the American South during the 1960s, or even start a race war.

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