Prosecutor: Dylann Roof had cold, hateful heart

2016-12-07 19:57
Dylann Roof. (AP)

Dylann Roof. (AP)

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Charleston - A federal prosecutor says Dylann Roof was a man with a "cold and hateful heart" when he pulled out a Glock pistol and shot and killed nine black parishioners at a Charleston, South Carolina, church last year.

Assistant US Attorney Jay Richardson told jurors during his opening statement in Roof's death penalty trial on Wednesday that the young white man must have appeared harmless to those attending a Bible study at Emmanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in June 2015.

Richardson said Roof showed exactly what was in his heart when he pointed the gun and pulled the trigger, hitting the church members more than 60 times.

Richardson told jurors they will hear Roof's confession and hear how he hoped to start a race war by targeting the AME parishioners. He urged the jurors to convict Roof on 33 federal counts, including hate crimes.

Richardson vowed that Roof's "racism, his violence, his assault on a house of worship won't prevail in this courtroom".


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