This just in, the jury that last month convicted Dylann Roof in the lilling of 9 people inside a Charleston, South Carolina church has been sentenced to death in the penalty phase.
His case makes him the first person handed down a death sentence for a hate crime.
Roof made no effort to change his statement and acknowledged the killing nine black churchgoers, telling them Tuesday: “I still feel like I had to do it.”
Roof entered the courtroom and stood less than 10 feet from each juror as he spoke from a yellow piece of paper that he glanced at, placed down and looked past the jurors.
Each juror acknowledged Roof as he spoke about 4 minutes and noted that only one of them had to agree to spare his life.
“I have the right to ask you to give me a life sentence, but I’m not sure what good it would do anyway,” he said.
Roof paused several times, but jurors never took their eyes off him. After one of the pauses, he abruptly said, “That’s all,” quickly gathered his sheet of paper and walked back to the defense table.
The jurors began deliberating early Tuesday afternoon.
May God have mercy on this young man’s soul.