Court upholds death sentence for shooter who killed 9 people in Charleston church

Court upholds death sentence for shooter who killed 9 people in Charleston church >A federal appeals court upheld the death sentence of Dylan Roof: a white man convicted of the mass shooting of black members of the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina.

Roof, 27, sought to appeal his conviction to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit, which concluded that even the most «thorough analysis of laws and precedent cannot convey the horror of what Roof did.»

“His crimes deserve the harshest punishment a just society can impose.”

The court recalled the crimes of a man who, on June 17, 2015, as a 21-year-old white supremacist, entered to church and joined a Bible study group.

According to the court, «the parishioners greeted Ruf by handing him a Bible» and for the next 45 minutes he prayed with those present — however, then he took out a pistol and opened fire.

«Having fired about 74 shots, Ruf approached one parishioner who prayed loudly. He told her to “shut up” and then asked if he had shot her again.”

According to court records, Ruf told her, “I won’t touch you so you can tell this story.”

A man killed nine people: Rev. Sharonda Coleman-Singleton, Cynthia Heard, Susie Jackson, Ethel Lee Lance, Rev. DePaine Middleton-Dr., Rev. Clement Pinckney, Taiwanese Sanders, Rev. Daniel Simmons Sr., and Rev. Myra Thompson.

Roof, who was convicted of murder and other crimes, including nine counts of racially motivated crimes, was sentenced to death in early 2017.

On appeal, the shooter contested legal capacity, claimed errors at the sentencing stage, and insisted that some of the indictment statutes might be unconstitutional.