Image

11:08 AM / Friday December 9, 2022

13 Jan 2017

Dylann Roof puts up no defense against death penalty

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
January 13, 2017 Category: Week In Review Posted by:

ABOVE PHOTO:  Felicia Sanders, survivor of the Mother Emanuel Church shooting in Charleston, SC., and Polly Sheppard, survivor of the Mother Emanuel Church shooting in Charleston, SC., speak during the third day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia , Wednesday, July 27, 2016. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

By Meg Kinnard

Associated Press

CHARLESTON, S.C.  — After four days of testimony and three hours of deliberations, a South Carolina jury voted to give convicted Charleston church shooter Dylann Roof the death penalty on Tuesday.

Dylann Roof (Courtesy: Charleston Police Dept.)

Dylann Roof
(Courtesy: Charleston Police Dept.)

More than two dozen people shared heartwarming stories about each of the nine people Roof killed in the 2015 attack at Emanuel AME Church during the trial’s penalty phase, which ended Monday. Witnesses also talked about the heartrending tales of loss in the wake of the deaths.

Roof, 22, was convicted last month on 33 federal charges, including hate crimes and obstruction of religion. The same jury that found him guilty was tasked with deciding between the death penalty or life in prison.

As he promised earlier in the trial, Roof – who is represented himself – rested his case without calling witnesses or presenting any evidence on his own behalf.

Jennifer Pinckney speaks beside an image of her late husband, the Rev. Clementa Pinckney, one of the victims of the shootings at Charleston's Emanuel AME Church, during the unveiling of the mural on a building a few blocks from the sanctuary on Friday, May 13, 2016. The mural was created by artist Tripp Derrick Barnes to honor the nine shooting victims as the first anniversary of the June 2015 slayings approaches. (AP Photo/Bruce Smith)

Jennifer Pinckney speaks beside an image of her late husband, the Rev. Clementa Pinckney, one of the victims of the shootings at Charleston’s Emanuel AME Church, during the unveiling of the mural on a building a few blocks from the sanctuary on Friday, May 13, 2016. The mural was created by artist Tripp Derrick Barnes to honor the nine shooting victims as the first anniversary of the June 2015 slayings approaches. (AP Photo/Bruce Smith)

Jennifer Pinckney was the government’s first witness, testifying about the life of her husband, church pastor and state Sen. Clementa Pinckney. She also spoke about the harrowing minutes she spent huddled underneath a desk with her youngest daughter as shots rang out in the next room, unsure if the shooter was coming her way.

Survivor Felicia Sanders, who also gave powerful testimony during the guilt phase of Roof’s trial, wrapped up prosecutors’ case at sentencing, talking about her creative, 26-year-old son, the youngest victim, and his commitment to his faith and Emanuel.

“That night they were getting basic instruction before leaving Earth,” Sanders said. “I did not know that was going to be the life of them.”

  • Facebook
  • Twitter

Leave a Comment

Recent News

Politics

Jeffries wins historic bid to lead House Dems after Pelosi

December 2, 2022

Tweet Share Pin Email ABOVE PHOTO: Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, D-N.Y., talks with reporters on Capitol Hill in...

Go With The-Flo

Trevor Noah hosted a “Black Theater Night” for the Tony-winning Best Musical “A Strange Loop”

December 2, 2022

Tweet Share Pin Email ABOVE PHOTO: Trevor Noah (Shutterstock.com) By Flo Anthony On Nov. 29, Trevor Noah,...

Food And Beverage

What’s Cookin’? Vegan Oatmeal Butternut Squash Risotto

December 2, 2022

Tweet Share Pin Email Tweet Share Pin Email Related Posts What’s Cookin’? Vegan Butternut Squash Mac and...

Seniors

Senior Fitness: You may have more choices than you think

December 2, 2022

Tweet Share Pin Email BPT Do you struggle with starting or maintaining a fitness routine? Don’t worry,...

Health

Do you have the winter sniffles? Five ways you can manage indoor winter allergies

December 2, 2022

Tweet Share Pin Email BPT Do you suffer from itchy eyes, a runny nose or a scratchy...

Color Of Money

Feeling the stress of high energy bills?  New programs help lower costs

December 2, 2022

Tweet Share Pin Email BPT  Soaring energy prices equate to rising energy bills for households nationwide. This...

The Philadelphia Sunday Sun Staff