Jury finds Dylann Roof guilty of racially-motivated killings in black church

Date: 
Thursday, December 15, 2016 - 17:00

A jury has found Dylann Roof guilty of all charges in the racially motivated killing of nine black church worshipers in Charleston, S.C., last year.

The same 12-member jury will weigh whether to give the 22-year-old a sentence of life in prison or the death penalty during a second, penalty phase of the federal case.

The jury returned a verdict after about two hours of deliberations, capping a trial phase where the outcome was never in serious question.

Though Roof pleaded not guilty, he confessed to the killings at a historic black church in a videotaped confession shown in court.

“I did it,” Roof, who is white, said in the Federal Bureau of Investigation video.

He chuckled while answering questions and describing how he specifically targeted the historic black church.

He said he used seven magazines while shooting with a .45-caliber Glock pistol.

Roof also faces another death-penalty trial in state court that will focus on murder charges stemming from the massacre at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in June 2015.

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