Or to keep it anonymous, click here. [34][35][87][88] Governor Nikki Haley called for prosecutors to seek the death penalty for Roof. At the hearing, shooting survivors and relatives of five of the victims spoke to Roof directly, saying that they were "praying for his soul" and forgave him. [153][154] On the same day, Gergel unsealed psychiatric reports from two court-ordered exams of Roof performed by Dr. James Ballenger, a forensic psychiatrist, as well as the transcripts of two competency hearings, all of which found Roof competent to stand trial. Words cannot express our shock, grief, and disbelief as to what happened that night. ", The posts generally avoided the racially inflammatory language favored by her imprisoned brother, though one Snapchat post obtained by The Post and Courier included a photo of her human anatomy homework on which she scribbled the words "white lives matter. As he was already facing the death penalty in South Carolina, Roof became the first person in U.S. history to face both a federal and state death penalty at the same time. A police officer conducted a search of his vehicle and found a forearm grip for an AR-15 semiautomatic rifle and six unloaded magazines, all capable of holding 40 rounds. McMaster's office released a statement about the incident on Wednesday evening, thanking the school administrators and the resource officer for their quick action. [161][162][163][164], Roof and his attorney have stated that they do not plan to press charges. At this moment I realized that something was very wrong. There were pages upon pages of these brutal black on white murders. [112] The judge denied that motion after the prosecution (whose consent is required for a bench trial under the rules that apply to federal criminal proceedings) opposed Roof's request. Have a tip or story idea? "[155] Roof, who denies having autism,[156] told Ballenger that he "would rather die" than rely on autism defense, stating "it would ruin me" and "everybody would think I am a weirdo. [25] According to Mann, Roof cut off all contact with her after her divorce from his father. Screenshot of a tweet on March 14 with a Snapchat post from an account associated with Morgan Roof, the sister of Charleston church shooter Dylann Roof. "[154] Ballenger concluded that: "all of his decisions in the trial are dominated and driven by his primary racial prejudice and wish to preserve that as the sole rationale for his crimes and to protect his long term image and reputation as someone who has no mental illness. [110], On May 24, 2016, the Justice Department announced they would seek the death penalty for Roof. Charleston, SC 29403, News tips/online questions: newstips@postandcourier.com, Delivery/subscription questions: subserve@postandcourier.com. He had been recognized by an off-duty police officer who investigated his March 2 questioning; the officer then called a colleague to investigate. [16][17], A former high school classmate said that despite Roof's racist comments, some of his friends in school were black. We are devastated and saddened by what occurred. Our hope and prayer is for peace and healing for the families of the victims, the Charleston community, and those touched by these events throughout the state of South Carolina and our nation. [160], On August 4, 2016, Roof was beaten by a fellow inmate while detained at the Charleston County Detention Center. [126][127][128] The competency hearing ended November 22, 2016. [91], On July 7, 2015, Roof was indicted on three new charges of attempted murder, one for each person who survived the shooting. [6] On April 10, 2017, Roof was sentenced to nine consecutive sentences of life without parole after formally pleading guilty to state murder charges. Gergel also postponed the jury selection to November 21, 2016. Roof was born in 1994 to Amelia and Franklin B. [140][141] On December 6, 2016, a federal judge denied a motion by Roof's defense team to delay Roof's trial. [85], On June 19, 2015, Roof was charged with nine counts of murder and one count of possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime.

Bennett Roof was allegedly verbally and physically abusiv… Henry McMaster for failing to condemn Morgan Roof's violent messaging while on the same day calling the nationwide student walkout over gun violence "shameful.". When Roof was five, his father married Paige Mann (née Hastings) in November 1999; they divorced after ten years of marriage. COLUMBIA — A knife, marijuana and a racially tinged Snapchat post thrust Dylann Roof's family back into the limelight and into the turbulent debate about weapons, race and school violence. [7][8][9] In a letter to the victims' families, Wilson said that the plea deal was "an insurance policy" in the event that Roof's federal death sentence were ever overturned, as it assures that Roof will die in prison. [58], According to web server logs, Roof's website was last modified at 4:44 p.m. on June 17, 2015, when Roof noted, "[A]t the time of writing I am in a great hurry. [45], On the day he was captured (June 18, 2015), Roof confessed to committing the Charleston attack with the intention of starting a race war,[46] and reportedly told investigators he almost did not go through with his mission because members of the church study group had been so nice to him. "[154] Ballenger concluded that Roof had "perhaps some autistic traits" and meets the criteria for "social anxiety disorder, probably generalized anxiety disorder, possible autistic spectrum disorder, a mixed substance abuse disorder, depression by history and a schizoid personality disorder" but was competent to stand trial. She recognized Roof driving his car, a black Hyundai Elantra with South Carolina license plates and a three-flag "Confederate States of America" bumper decoration,[75][76] on U.S. Route 74, recalling security camera images taken at the church and distributed to the media. [56] The organization also issued a statement saying that Roof had some "legitimate grievances" against black people and that the group's website "accurately and honestly report[s] black-on-white violent crime". But more importantly this prompted me to type in the words "black on white crime" into Google, and I have never been the same since that day. The judge was to rule on the admissibility of some "potentially explosive" evidence. [34] Roof was unemployed[35] and living in largely African-American Eastover at the time of the attack. Many students at A.C. Flora, including Murray's daughter, didn't attend school Thursday. Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center/Provided. It was on the latter page she posted photos of herself and her brother during their early years, playing on swings, at the beach, at a tea party. [22][43], FBI analysis of Roof's seized cellphone and computer found that he was in online communication with other white supremacists, according to unnamed officials. [70], A neo-Nazi group named itself the “Bowl Patrol" after Roof's "bowl-cut" hairstyle. On December 15, 2016, Roof was convicted in federal court of all 33 federal charges (including hate crimes) against him stemming from the shooting; on January 11, 2017, he was sentenced to death for those crimes. [132][133][134][135], On December 4, 2016, Roof, in a handwritten request, asked Gergel to give him back his defense team for the guilt phase of his federal death penalty trial. The website contained photos of Roof posing with symbols of white supremacy and neo-Nazism, along with a manifesto in which he outlined his views toward black people, among other peoples.

[98][99], On September 3, Ninth Circuit solicitor (district attorney) Scarlett Wilson said that she intended to seek the death penalty for Roof because more than two people were killed in the shooting and others' lives were put at risk. "I thought it was just very sad that she would act out the way she did," she said. [101] Roof reappeared in state court on October 23, 2015,[88] before Nicholson. Mugshot of Morgan Roof, the sister of Charleston church shooter Dylann Roof, after her arrest outside Columbia on weapons and marijuana charges on March 14. Some condemned her, calling her a terrorist or worse. [47], Federal prosecutors said in August 2016 that Roof was "self-radicalized" online, instead of adopting his white supremacist ideology "through his personal associations or experiences with white supremacist groups or individuals or others". Her half-sister, Amber Roof, took a similar course after an online campaign to raise money for her wedding, which had to be postponed due to the church shooting, drew heaps of scorn and derision. In one September post, she chided a woman who wrote: "Morgaaaaaan!

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