Victims Brother On Charleston Death Sentence: 'God Will Judge Dylan Roof'
Jan 11, 2017
Dylann Roof, the man who murdered nine members of an African American Church in Charleston, South Carolina has been sentenced to death. Throughout the trial he remained unrepentant, telling the jury "I felt like I had to do it and I still feel like I had to do it," reports BBC.
After the sentence was announced, the 22-year-old killer stood and requested to be appointed new lawyers and to file for a retrial. US District Judge Richard Gergel replied that he was "strongly disinclined" and instructed Roof to think about it overnight.
Responding to the sentencing, Melvin Graham, the bother of Cynthia Hurd who was killed in the attack, said "I wished that this verdict could have brought her back but it can't." He asserted that the racist gunman is now in "God's hands."
However, the exact time and date when Roof is to be executed is far from being set. Federal death sentences such as Roof’s are extremely rare, and executions are even less common. Since the federal death penalty statute was reinstated in 1988 and expanded in 1994, the government has put three inmates to death, all by lethal injection, reports The Washington Post.