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A federal jury has sentenced Dylann Roof to death for killing 9 churchgoers

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UPDATE: Jan. 10, 2017 at 4:52 p.m. 

A federal jury has sentenced Dylann Roof, an avowed white supremacist, to death for the Charleston church massacre in June of 2015. 

"The jury finds unanimously that the aggravating factors outweigh mitigating. Roof is to be sentenced to death."


The jury reached the decision after approximately three hours of deliberation. 

UPDATE: Jan. 10, 2017 at 4:39 p.m. 

A federal jury has reached a verdict in the sentencing phase of the trial for C who was convicted of killing nine churchgoers in Charleston, South Carolina. 

Original Story 

Dylann Roof, the man who opened fire and killed nine people at a Charleston, South Carolina church in 2015, addressed a jury Tuesday who will decide fate. 

"In my confession to the FBI I told them that I had to do it, and obviously that's not really true. ... I didn't have to do anything," Roof said in his closing argument. 

What I meant when I said that was I felt like I had to do it, and I still feel like I had to do it.
Dylann Roof

Roof, 22, is representing himself during the sentencing phase of the trial, in which a jury will determine whether he should be sentenced to life in prison or the death penalty. 

During the course of the four-day trial, jurors heard testimony from victims' loved ones. Roof, however, did not call any witnesses and spoke for less than five minutes during his opening statement last week, according to ABC News.

But Tuesday during his closing statement, Roof suggested that he'd like the jury to consider sparing his life.

"From what I've been told, I have a right to ask you to give me a life sentence, but I'm not sure what good that will do anyway," Roof said. "But what I will say is only one of you has to disagree with the other jurors."

In Assistant US Attorney Jay Richardson's closing argument, he urged jurors to give Roof the death penalty, citing Roof's "racist hatred." 


Even if jurors decided to give Roof life in prison, he could still face the death penalty because he has yet to be tried on state murder charges. 

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