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After the death of nine people inside Charleston, S.C.’s Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal church in June, South Carolina will seek the death penalty for suspected shooter Dylann Roof.

The NY Times reports:

After the June 17 massacre of black ministers and parishioners at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, it emerged that the suspect, Mr. Roof, 21, who is white, had expressed white supremacist views and hatred of black people.

Mr. Roof has been indicted twice for the killings, in state court and in federal court, and each of those cases carries a possible death sentence. Until the court filing on Thursday by Scarlett A. Wilson, the South Carolina state solicitor overseeing the case, neither set of prosecutors had said publicly whether they would seek to have him executed, but state officials, including Gov. Nikki R. Haley, have said emphatically that the case warranted the death penalty.

The news outlet reports that prosecutors will seek the death penalty because more than two lives were lost, adding “that others’ lives were put at risk.”

It continues:

Prosecutors said they intended to present evidence on Mr. Roof’s mental state, adult and juvenile criminal record and other conduct, as well as his apparent lack of remorse for the killings.

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