This Tuesday, the twelve federal jurors assigned to Dylann Roof’s trail recommended he be put to death for his act of killing nine people in a 2015 massacre at a historically black Charleston, South Carolina, church.
The jury, which consisted of 10 women and two men, recommended the death penalty for all 18 counts that carried that as a possible sentence.
Roof is scheduled to be formerly sentenced by Judge Richard Gergel on Wednesday at 9:30 a.m. ET. Roof, who represented himself during the penalty phase, told Gergel he wanted to file a motion for new lawyers. The Judge told Roof he would be able to argue that on Wednesday but he is not inclined to let that happen.
A group of defense attorneys and others who worked on Roof’s behalf issued a statement, saying the death penalty decision means the case will not be over for a “very long time.”
“We are sorry that, despite our best efforts, the legal proceedings have shed so little light on the reasons for this tragedy,”
Roof, who was facing away from the media, did not appear to show any reaction to the verdict.
Some of the people in the gallery were dabbing their eyes. Several relatives of those killed gently put their arms around each other.
Melvin Graham, who’s sister Cynthia Hurd was one was killed in the shooting, gave this statement to reporters:
“Today we had justice for my sister. This is a very hollow victory, because my sister is still gone. I wish that this verdict could have brought her back. But what it can do is just send a message to those who feel the way he feels that this community will not tolerate it.Every time I hear about a shooting I want to cry. We have to stand together. “
Roof’s family said they will always love him and gave this statement:
“We will struggle as long as we live to understand why he committed this horrible attack, which caused so much pain to so many good people. We wish to express the grief we feel for the victims of his crimes, and our sympathy to the many families he has hurt.”
The judge, who is bound by the jury’s decision, complimented the jurors and said they did a magnificent job.