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GPS Reveals Chilling 2nd Stop by Dylann Roof

GPS data reveals he went to second church

(Newser) - GPS information from Dylann Roof's car reveals a chilling detail: He stopped at a second South Carolina church after his massacre, reports ABC affiliate WCIV . When he left Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, Roof got back on the interstate and took an exit that brought him to Branch AME... More »

Charleston Survivor's Daughter Asked: 'Is Daddy Going to Die?'

Jennifer Pinckney cradled 6-year-old under desk as Dylann Roof killed her husband

(Newser) - "There's nothing wrong with me psychologically," Dylann Roof told a jury Wednesday . It was a statement Jennifer Pinckney had heard before. The wife of Rev. Clementa Pinckney had been in her husband's study at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston with their 6-year-old daughter, Malana, on June... More »

Roof: No Witnesses, Evidence in My Defense

Judge tells 22-year-old 'it's a bad idea' to go with that plan for penalty phase of trial

(Newser) - The sentencing phase of Dylann Roof's federal hate-crimes trial, in which he could be given the death penalty, begins Tuesday, and the 22-year-old who killed nine black churchgoers in Charleston, SC, in 2015 told a judge Wednesday at a pretrial hearing that he still intends to serve as his... More »

Dylann Roof Will Represent Himself

Defense lawyers will be on hand if he asks for help

(Newser) - Dylann Roof may have the chance to question the very people he is accused of shooting when he stands trial for the murders of nine black worshippers at a South Carolina church. Judge Richard Gergel on Monday granted a surprise request from Roof to defend himself against 33 federal charges,... More »

In Secretive Decision, Dylann Roof Found Competent

Jury selection will restart Monday

(Newser) - Dylann Roof is competent to stand trial starting next week in the killing of nine black worshippers at a South Carolina church last year, a federal judge ruled Friday. US District Judge Richard Gergel's ruling clears the way for jury selection to restart Monday. The judge delayed the process... More »

Young Man Opens Fire in Alabama Church: Cops

James Junior Minter, 26, is arrested in Selma

(Newser) - A man has been charged with three counts of attempted murder after shooting his girlfriend, their baby, and a clergyman at a church in Alabama, authorities said today. James Junior Minter, 26, of Selma, Alabama, was arrested after opening fire during services at the Oasis Tabernacle Church in East Selma,... More »

Feds Say Dylann Roof's Friend Is Lying

Joey Meek is accused of knowing about alleged church plot

(Newser) - The FBI thinks one of Dylann Roof's friends knew specifics about the accused shooter's plan for mass murder in a church. The feds arrested Joey Meek yesterday and revealed today that he is being charged with lying to federal agents and concealing information, reports the AP . He could... More »

Dylann Roof Wanted to Plead Guilty, but Didn't

Why a judge entered a not guilty pleas

(Newser) - The white man accused of gunning down nine parishioners at a black church in Charleston wants to plead guilty to 33 federal charges, but his lawyer said in court today that he couldn't advise his client to do so until prosecutors say whether they'll seek the death penalty.... More »

A Week On, Bible Study Packed at Historic Church

Thousands pay respects to slain pastor

(Newser) - A week after the massacre that shook the nation, Bible study was once again held last night in the basement of Charleston's Emanuel AME Church, and the turnout was huge. People started arriving at least an hour early and every chair was filled for a total of around 200... More »

How Thousands Came Together in Charleston Last Night

They hold hands, sing 'This Little Light of Mine'

(Newser) - Thousands of people marched across Charleston's main bridge last night in a show of unity after nine black church parishioners were gunned down during a Bible study. Crowds gathered on either side of the Arthur Ravenel Bridge around dusk and then met toward the middle of the span. Part... More »

Church's First Service Since Attack Offers Healing

Worshippers at Charleston's AME Church focusing on recovery, love

(Newser) - Members of a historic black church worshipped at their sanctuary today for the first time since a gunman opened fire at a Bible study, killing nine people. And though uniformed police officers stood among the congregation of the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church as a measure of added security, the... More »

Dylann Roof Tried to Die During Attack: Victim's Son

Meanwhile, Roof's family says he was 'sweet kid' who got lured by 'Internet evil'

(Newser) - "His plan was never to leave that church." That's what the son of one of the victims of Wednesday's church shootings in Charleston, SC, says about Dylann Roof, the suspected gunman, the Los Angeles Times reports. Kevin Singleton, whose mom, Myra Thompson , was one of the... More »

Charleston Church Holding Services Tomorrow

Parishioners expect a huge turnout

(Newser) - A small group of parishioners was allowed inside the bullet-scarred Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal church today, getting a firsthand glimpse of the room where nine people from their congregation were slain. Cleaning crews had been at work, and, amazingly, church members announced they will hold a Sunday service. "They... More »

Dylann Roof's Black Friend: He Wanted to Attack College

Instead, he went into Charleston church

(Newser) - A week before he allegedly killed nine African-Americans in a bid to start a race war, Dylann Roof sat in a bar with a man AP describes as a "black drinking buddy." That buddy, Christon Scriven says Roof got drunk that night and talked about shooting people at... More »

Dylann Roof's Family: We're Stunned

'Words cannot express our shock'

(Newser) - Count Dylann Roof's family among those who can't comprehend the allegations that he murdered nine black people in a Charleston church. "Words cannot express our shock, grief, and disbelief as to what happened that night," says a statement from the family issued through Roof's public... More »

Dylann Roof: No Reaction as Victims' Relatives Speak

They told him they forgive him

(Newser) - Dylann Roof made his first court appearance today, and though he did so via video, he was still able to hear the message delivered by relatives of the nine victims shot to death in a Charleston church. Forgiveness. "I forgive you, my family forgives you," said Anthony... More »

6 Compelling Insights Into the Charleston Shooting

'Take down the Confederate flag now,' one writer argues

(Newser) - Racism, terrorism, mass shootings: The church massacre in Charleston combines several of the most troubling issues facing America today, and it has led to some forceful insights. A roundup of six that are worth a read:
  1. " The Deadly History of 'They're Raping Our Women.' " Jamelle
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Historic Church Has Risen From Other Tragedies

Emanuel AME has long 'represented black freedom'

(Newser) - Wednesday night's massacre was just the latest tragedy for one of the most historic black churches in America—and members of Charleston's Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal church say they will once again emerge stronger, CNN reports. The first AME church in the South was founded in 1816, and... More »

Call Charleston Shooting What It Is: Terrorism

A Vox writer says it's offensive to do otherwise

(Newser) - If Dylann Roof is guilty of the massacre at a black church in Charleston, is the white 21-year-old a terrorist? Absolutely, argues Max Fisher at Vox . In fact, he makes the case that to avoid the terrorism label is offensive. This is about way more than semantics, writes Fisher, who... More »

What We Know About the 9 Church Victims

Pastor was 'moral compass' of the state Senate

(Newser) - The nine people shot to death in a South Carolina church last night ranged in age from 26 to 87, reports NBC News . Some details about them:
  • The Rev. Clementa Pinckney, 41. The married father of two was a pastor at Emanuel AME and a state senator. "He was
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