US prosecutor wants death for church shooting

2015-09-03 22:03
Scarlett Wilson announces her intention to seek the death penalty against Dylann Roof. (Jeffrey Collins, AP)

Scarlett Wilson announces her intention to seek the death penalty against Dylann Roof. (Jeffrey Collins, AP)

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Columbia - A South Carolina prosecutor says she will seek the death penalty for a white man charged with killing nine black churchgoers in Charleston.

Prosecutors filed court papers on Thursday saying they would pursue the death penalty against Dylann Roof, 21. The documents cited factors including the fact that more than two people were killed, and that others' lives were put at risk.

Prosecutors also said they intended to present evidence on Roof's mental state, adult and juvenile criminal record and other conduct, as well as his apparent lack of remorse for the killings.

Roof faces state charges including nine murder counts in the June 17 slayings at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church. He is next expected in court on those charges in October.

Roof also faces federal charges, including hate crimes.

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