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The DOJ Is Seeking the Death Penalty for Charleston Shooter Dylann Roof

The Department of Justice filed a notice of intent today making it clear they are seeking the death penalty for Dylann Roof, the gunman who killed nine people at a church in Charleston, South Carolina last summer.

Roof was indicted on federal charges and this is what the DOJ said today:

The United States of America, by and through its undersigned counsel and pursuant to 18 U.S.C. ยง 3593(a), notifies the Court and Defendant DYLANN STORM ROOF that the United States believes the circumstances of the offenses charged in Counts 13-21 and 25-33 of the Indictment are such that, in the event of a conviction, a sentence of death is justified under Chapter 228 (Section 3591 through 3598) of Title 18 of the United States Code, and that the United States will seek the sentence of death for these offenses: Obstruction of Exercise of Religion by Force Resulting in Death and Use of a Firearm to Commit Murder During and In Relation to a Crime of Violence, all of which carry a possible sentence of death.

Roof is facing 33 counts on charges of murder, committing a hate crime, etc. Many of those charges could lead to the death penalty.

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