Church shooting suspect Dylann Roof to face federal hate crime charge

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Dylann Roof

COLUMBIA, S.C. — An official says the man accused of slaying nine black church members in Charleston will soon face a federal charge.

An official close to the case tells The Associated Press that a grand jury will indict 21-year-old Dylann Roof on Wednesday on a federal hate crime charge. The source spoke on the condition of anonymity because the indictment hadn’t been publicly announced yet.

The move has been expected since Roof’s arrest after the June 17 shootings at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church.

Federal officials have previously said the shootings meet the legal requirements for a hate crime and that federal charges were likely. Roof, who is white, appeared in photos waving Confederate flags and purportedly wrote of racial violence.

Roof faces state charges including nine murder counts. Prosecutors haven’t said whether they’ll seek the death penalty.

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2 comments

  • WWWLI

    Do not even bother. It was a hate crime, a sick act, and whatever else you can come up with. We all know he is %100 guilty so just save taxpayer dollars and execute him. Start setting examples that we the people will not tolerate acts like this. Other option is keep him in jail for remainder of life wasting hundreds of thousands of our dollars!

  • John

    What a waste of time and money. What is the hate crime charge going to actually do?
    He is charged with 9 murders in NC, a state with the death penalty.

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