Dylann Roof Found Guilty In Charleston Church Massacre

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Dec. 15 2016, Published 8:31 p.m. ET

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On Thursday, December 15th, Dylann Roof was convicted in the Charleston, South Carolina shooting deaths of nine black church parishioners at the African Methodist Episcopal Church.

The 22-year-old, who had written a white supremacist manifesto explaining his racist philosophies before the attack, was convicted on all 33 counts, including federal hate crimes and murder. According to reports, it took the jury two hours to deliberate.

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Roof admitted that he sat and prayed with the black parishioners, claiming they were so nice, he almost changed his mind about murdering them. After he gave his video-taped confession, his defense rested solely on his alleged insanity, evidence of which was rejected by the judge.

Following the verdict, the next phase in Roof's case will be sentencing, which is scheduled to being January 3rd. Prosecutors are expected to seek the death penalty. Next up, he will face a state trial in relation to the same murderous rampage, also scheduled for January.

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