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Dylann Roof Wants to Fire His 'Biological Enemies': His Lawyers

His current lawyers are Jewish and Indian

(Newser) - Dylann Roof, the convicted white supremacist murderer of nine black churchgoers in Charleston, SC, wants to dismiss and replace his legal team because they are his "political and biological enemies," he says in a handwritten letter filed with the 4th US Circuit Court of Appeals Monday. Roof, who'... More »

Fired Dishwasher Kills Chef at Charleston Restaurant: Cops

Hostage situation is now over

(Newser) - A fired dishwasher shot and killed a chef and held one person hostage for about three hours before he was shot by police at a crowded restaurant in a tourist-heavy area of downtown Charleston, South Carolina, on Thursday, authorities and one of the restaurant's owners said. The hostages were... More »

Dylann Roof Pleads Guilty to State Murder Charges

He'll now await execution in federal case

(Newser) - Convicted Charleston church shooter Dylann Roof has been given nine life sentences for the 2015 massacre at Emanuel AME Church in exchange for his guilty plea in state court, the AP reports. The plea entered Monday by the self-avowed white supremacist marks the end of his court cases and signals... More »

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's Confession Tape: Felt 'Bad' When He Found Out Death Toll

Accused Charleston church shooter also admitted he was 'white supremacist'

(Newser) - During a week in which his mom already suffered a heart attack after hearing the case against him, more shock arrived Friday in the federal trial of Dylann Roof, 22, accused of a church shooting in Charleston, SC, that killed nine black worshippers. He's facing 33 federal charges for... More »

Dylann Roof: Witness Called Me 'Evil,' I Want Mistrial

Judge denies the motion

(Newser) - Dylann Roof's defense team started the second day of his trial by asking for a mistrial, a request the judge promptly denied. A survivor of the 2015 church massacre in Charleston, SC, testified on the first day of the trial about watching her son die and, during her testimony,... More »

Dylann Roof: I Want My Lawyers Back, Sort Of

Accused South Carolina shooter makes request to judge

(Newser) - The white man charged with the shooting deaths of nine black parishioners at a South Carolina church asked a judge on Sunday if he could have his defense team back, at least temporarily, the AP reports. In a handwritten request, Dylann Roof asked US District Judge Richard Gergel to bring... 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 »

15-Year-Old Killed in Possible Hate Crime

James Means was shot after bumping into a white man in West Virginia

(Newser) - The 62-year-old white man who police say gunned down a black teenager Monday in Charleston, West Virginia, may be charged with a federal hate crime, the AP reports. Fifteen-year-old James Means was walking down the street when he bumped into William Pulliam, and the two got into a verbal argument.... More »

A Civil War-Era Find on a SC Beach, Thanks to Matthew

16 rusty cannonballs were discovered near Charleston after hurricane

(Newser) - Local media alerted residents in and around Charleston, SC, on Sunday that they were probably going to hear something "like an explosion. That heads-up was because 16 rusty cannonballs were unearthed by Hurricane Matthew on Folly Beach, the city's Facebook page announced, and per USA Today , they appeared... More »

5 Best US Cities for Foodies

You'll want to wear your stretchy pants in New Orleans

(Newser) - Who's up for a foodie road trip? Travel and Leisure knows just where you should stop for gumbo and crawfish: New Orleans is the ultimate destination, according to the magazine's ranking of the 10 best US cities for food, based on readers' votes. The top five: More »

Dylann Roof Attacked Outside Jail Shower

The alleged Charleston church shooter was beaten by a fellow inmate

(Newser) - Dylann Roof was attacked by a fellow inmate as he was stepping into a jail shower Thursday in South Carolina, USA Today reports. Roof is charged with killing nine people during Bible study at a historic black church in 2015 in Charleston. According to NBC News , the 22-year-old Roof is... More »

Family: Inmate Died Because She Was Denied Water

Joyce Curnell was found dead in her cell on July 22

(Newser) - A lawyer says a South Carolina woman died in police custody last year because she was denied a basic necessity: water. Joyce Curnell, 50, was suffering from sickle cell disease, alcoholism, and hypertension, when she went to the emergency room with stomach flu last July. She was treated and released... More »

Even Epic Charleston Flood Can't Call Off This Wedding

The stranded couple went on the news to find an officiant, photographer

(Newser) - After months of planning their destination wedding in Charleston, SC, Britney Mysinger and Jason Houdek of Kansas City ran straight into this weekend's 1,000-year-flood standing between them and exchanging their vows. The photographers, make-up artists, groomsmen, marriage license, and officiant were all outside the peninsula when police shut... 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's Friend Arrested by FBI

Authorities said he was a 'potential target' in church massacre investigation

(Newser) - Joey Meek, the 21-year-old friend of Dylann Roof with whom Roof lived shortly before he allegedly killed nine people at a Charleston church in June, was arrested today. Meek's girlfriend, Lindsey Fry, tells the State FBI agents picked him up at work. Meek, who once hid Roof's gun... More »

Dylann Roof's Friend Is Now Target of Investigation

Joseph Meek being investigated for allegedly lying to authorities

(Newser) - Joseph Meek met Dylann Roof in middle school, and back in May, Roof asked him for a place to stay. Now Meek, 21, is the "potential target" of a federal criminal investigation into the June mass shooting at a Charleston church of which Roof is accused. Meek tells the... More »

This Was Dylann Roof's Life Before Charleston

His former roommates describe living with shooter

(Newser) - Joey Meek isn't one to turn away a friend, though his trailer in Columbia, SC, is full with his brothers Justin, 18, and Jacob, 15; girlfriend Lindsey Fry, 19; and mom Kim Konzny, 41. Fry was welcomed after running away with a heroin addict, as was Dylann Roof, a... More »

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