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.”
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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20 Pictures That Show The Powerful Resilience Of Charleston’s Mother Emanuel AME Church
1. Mother Emanuel AME Church held its first service since the shooting death of nine African-American church members on June 17.Source: 1 of 18
2. People line up to enter for Sunday service at the Emanuel AME Church.Source: 2 of 18
3. Two children wait to enter the Emanuel AME Church June 21, 2015 in Charleston, South Carolina.Source: 3 of 18
4. A member of the church is seen outside of Emanuel AME before its first service since the Charleston shooting.Source: 4 of 18
5. A Charleston County sheriff’s deputy checks bags as people line up to enter for Sunday service at the Emanuel AME Church.Source: 5 of 18
6. Gloria Moore watches the church as parishioners take their seats at the Emanuel AME Church.Source: 6 of 18
7. A woman prays as she attends the Sunday service outside of the Emanuel AME Church.Source: 7 of 18
8. People pray and listen to the Sunday service outside of the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina.Source: 8 of 18
9. Parishioners sit at Emanuel AME Church four days after a mass shooting that claimed the lives of its pastor and eight others.Source: 9 of 18
10. The Rev. Norvel Goff, right, prays at the empty seat of the Rev. Clementa Pinckney.Source: 10 of 18
11. South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, R-S.C., embraces U.S. Sen Tim Scott, R-S.C., at Emanuel AME Church.Source: 11 of 18
12. A parishioner prays at the empty seat of the Rev. Clementa Pinckney at the Emanuel AME Church.Source: 12 of 18
13. A family is seen leaving Emanuel AME Church following Sunday services.Source: 13 of 18
14. People embrace as they depart the Emanuel AME Church following Sunday services.Source: 14 of 18
15. Church members comfort one another after Emanuel’s first service since the Charleston shooting.Source: 15 of 18
16. A mother and son surround a memorial for the nine church members killed during the Charleston shooting.Source: 16 of 18
17. Charleston natives comfort each other during the church’s first service since the shooting on June 17.Source: 17 of 18
18. Activist DeRay McKesson is seen outside of Emanuel AME church.Source: 18 of 18
Prosecutors Seek Death Penalty For Charleston Church Shooter Suspect Dylann Roof was originally published on globalgrind.com