Dylann Roof

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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 »

Dylann Roof Wouldn't Tell His Story, So I Did

Rachel Kaadzi Ghansah takes a look at the killer for 'GQ'

(Newser) - Rachel Kaadzi Ghansah describes SC church shooter Dylann Roof in incredibly detailed and visual language: A burgeoning bald patch "almost made him look like a young, demented monk with a tonsure"; when he spoke in court it "sounded like his mouth was full of Karo syrup." But... More »

Dylann Roof Laughs at Family in Jailhouse Videos

He thought white nationalists would rescue him

(Newser) - In nearly three hours of jailhouse video, South Carolina church shooter Dylann Roof is seen laughing at his family, asking about his cats, and becoming upset when his relatives suggest he should use his lawyers. Federal officials showed the videos to reporters in Charleston on Tuesday. The videos were part... 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 »

Guy Who Knew Dylann Roof's Plan Is Sentenced

Joey Meek failed to report crime

(Newser) - The only person with whom Dylann Roof shared his racist plot to massacre worshippers at a historically black South Carolina church was sentenced Tuesday to 27 months in prison for failing to report a crime and for lying to the FBI. Joey Meek cried at sentencing Tuesday in Charleston by... 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 »

'In the Spirit of Dylann Roof': Feds Make a Chilling Arrest

South Carolina's Benjamin McDowell accused of plotting mass shooting

(Newser) - The FBI busted a South Carolina man after he bought a gun with the alleged intent to pull off a massacre "in the spirit of Dylann Roof." Agents arrested Benjamin McDowell, 29, at a sting in which he thought he was getting a weapon from someone affiliated with... More »

Charleston Church Killer Dylann Roof Learns His Fate

Jury sentences him to death

(Newser) - A federal jury has sentenced Dylann Roof to death for killing nine black church members in a racially motivated attack in 2015, the AP reports. Roof, who is white, faced either life in prison or execution for the slayings on June 17, 2015. The Justice Department says he is the... More »

Dylann Roof's Final Word to Jury: 'I Had to Do It'

He does not ask jurors to spare his life

(Newser) - Dylann Roof continued to show no remorse for killing nine black men and women at a Charleston church in 2015, nor did he ask the jury to spare his life during his final argument to jurors Tuesday. During his speech, which lasted about five minutes, Roof said he didn't... 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 »

Dylann Roof: Killing 9 Black Churchgoers Was 'Worth It'

Roof defends sanity but refuses to show remorse to jurors

(Newser) - Dylann Roof addressed jurors for the first time during his trial Wednesday and neither apologized for killing nine people during Bible study at a historic black church in Charleston nor asked jurors to spare his life, the New York Times reports. Instead, Roof used his opening statement on the first... 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 Found Guilty on All Counts in Church Massacre

Sentencing phase takes place next month

(Newser) - Dylann Roof was convicted Thursday in the chilling attack on nine black church members who were shot to death last year during a Bible study, affirming the prosecution's portrayal of a young white man who hoped the slayings would start a race war or bring back segregation. Instead, the... 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 Trial Opens With Heartbreaking Testimony

'He is evil. There is no place for him but the pit of hell'

(Newser) - Wednesday was the first day of Dylann Roof's federal death penalty trial, and the first witness delivered testimony so harrowing that many in the courtroom were in tears. Survivor Felicia Sanders told the court that the young white man sat with black parishioners in the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal... 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 »

Inmate Who Allegedly Punched Dylann Roof Suddenly Makes Bail

Dwayne Stafford had been in jail 18 months before paying $100K bond Friday

(Newser) - They say two wrongs don't make a right, but they may help you get out of jail. One day after allegedly assaulting Dylann Roof in a South Carolina jail, Dwayne Stafford was out on $100,000 bond, WCIV reports. According to the New York Daily News , it's unclear... More »

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