S.C. To Seek Death Penalty For Dylann Roof In Charleston Shooting

The white man accused in the murder of nine black people at a Charlseton, S.C. church will face the death penalty. (Getty Images)
The white man accused in the murder of nine black people at a Charlseton, S.C. church will face the death penalty. (Getty Images)

The white man accused of murdering nine people at a historically black church in Charleston, S.C., in June will face the death penalty, according to court documents filed Thursday.

Dylann Roof, 21, has been charged with nine counts of murder, three counts of attempted murder and the use of a firearm during a violent felony.

The court filings state that prosecutors will present evidence showing motive for the crimes, planning and premeditation and an "utter disregard and lack of remorse for the nine people he murdered."

That evidence against Roof will include "photographs, video tapes, diagrams of the scene and victims, expert testimony, and statements by the Defendant, internet postings by the Defendant and other testimony related thereto," according to the filings.

Roof also faces 33 federal hate crime counts, to which he has pleaded not guilty.

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