UPDATED: Monday, August 8, 8:57 AM, EST:
Dwayne Stafford was released Friday from the Charleston County Detention Center on $100,000 bond a day after he punched Roof in the jail’s shower area, writes the news outlet:
Stafford had been behind bars since January 2015, when he was arrested on first-degree assault and strong arm robbery charges. Records do not show who paid for Stafford’s release, but after the Thursday morning bathroom assault, Stafford’s fans organized a fundraiser to donate to his jail commissary account.
Many praised the 26-year-old for targeting Roof, who is charged with nine counts of murder and several hate crimes for the June 2015 rampage inside the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston. Roof, who reportedly prayed with his victims for an hour before opening fire, penned a lengthy, hate-filled manifesto professing his hatred of black people.
The bigoted 22-year-old — who has been held in protective custody at the jail since his arrest — was supposed to be taking a solo shower Thursday morning when Stafford pounced. The attacking inmate punched him several times before a guard pulled the two apart. Roof was bruised in his face and back but was not seriously injured.
SOURCE: The New York Daily News
Charleston Church Shooter, Dylann Roof, Assaulted In Jail
According to the incident report, Dwayne Marion Stafford, 26, a fellow inmate at a Charleston County jail, escaped his room, ran down a flight of stairs, and hit Roof several times in the face and body near the showers. Roof suffered minor bruises on his face and back, according to a jail spokesperson.
Stafford was jailed in January for strong arm robbery and first-degree assault and battery. He will now face a charge of assault and battery in the third degree for Thursday’s altercation, according to WCBD.
During a press conference on Thursday afternoon, the Charleston County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson said the men were separated by correctional officers. “After we interviewed everyone, we would get a warrant and make charges,” the spokesperson said.
Roof and his lawyers have no desire to press charges against Stafford, according to the spokesperson. Authorities will continue to investigate how Stafford was able to escape his cell due to a faulty door lock.
Roof awaits trial for the June 2015 shooting at Emanuel AME Church, where he killed nine parishioners. He faces 33 federal counts. A South Carolina state prosecutor said she will also pursue the death penalty when his trial begins next year.
On Monday, Roof’s lawyers filed a motion contending the federal death penalty charge.
SOURCE: WCBD | PHOTO CREDIT: Getty, Twitter