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Jury Convicts Dylann Roof For Charleston Church Massacre

Dylann Roof, the self-described white supremacist accused of murdering nine people at the historically black Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina, has been found guilty on all 33 counts brought against him. Roof, 22, faced multiple charges stemming from the June 2015 attack, including hate crimes, religious obstruction crimes, and firearms crimes. The jury reportedly took just two hours to reach its decision; Roof will face either life imprisonment or the death penalty, to be decided at a separate trial with the same jurors in January. During testimony, one of the three survivors of the massacre described Roof as “evil, evil, evil as can be,” although Roof’s lawyer asked in closing arguments Thursday morning for the court to “look past the surface of things.”

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