Charleston church shooter pleads guilty to state murder counts

Standing shackled in a striped prison jumpsuit beside his attorney, Roof on Monday told the court he understood he would serve life in prison without eligibility for parole. In January, a jury found he deserved the death penalty. Since 1988, when the federal death penalty was reinstated, 76 defendants in the United States have been sentenced to death and three prisoners have been executed, according to the center’s website. RELATED: A year after the Charleston church shooting, what has changed? He has been held at the Sheriff Al Cannon Detention Center in Charleston County awaiting his state trial. Roof was ordered into the custody of U.S. (Reuters) – The white supremacist sentenced to death in federal court for the 2015 shooting massacre at a historic black church in South Carolina pleaded guilty to separate state murder charges. Email wendy@religionnews.com. He will receive a sentence of life in prison on the state charges, which include attempted murder of three survivors of the shooting, solicitor Scarlett Wilson said last month. capital punishment. Questions? CHARLESTON, S.C. News Wire Subscribers: This article is not available for republication. Dylann Roof, 23, was charged in state court on Monday (April 10) with murdering nine African-American parishioners as they closed their eyes in prayer at a Bible study session. Roof becomes the 62nd current federal death row inmate, and appeals in such cases can take a decade or more, the center’s executive director, Robert Dunham, said in a telephone interview. He waived his right to any appeal. RELATED: White supremacist found guilty on all counts in Charleston church massacre

Pleading guilty to the state charges allows for Roof’s transfer to death row and spares survivors and relatives of the victims a second round of courtroom testimony detailing his rampage on June 17, 2015, at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston. Marshals last week. Roof agreed to plead guilty in state court under a deal with prosecutors after being convicted of 33 federal crimes, including hate crimes and obstruction of religion resulting in death. State prosecutors abandoned efforts to seek a second death penalty. He is expected to be transferred to the federal prison in Terre Haute, Indiana, that holds male death-row prisoners, according to the Death Penalty Information Center, a nonprofit group that monitors U.S.