The most recent update in the case against alleged Charleston shooter, Dylan Roof is a big one. Ninth Circuit Solicitor Scarlett Wilson announced this week that the death penalty will be sought.
According to CNN, Wilson stated at a press conference, “This was the ultimate crime and justice from our state calls for the ultimate punishment.”
Many survivors of the June 17, 2015 shooting, as well as family members of the victims, have been opposed to putting Roof to death. According to CNN, Wilson stated she had taken their opinions into consideration. “All understand my responsibility and have shown great respect, even deference for my decision to seek the death penalty for the killings at Mother Emmanuel church,” she stated.
Nine people were killed when Roof allegedly opened fire at Emanuel African American Methodist Episcopal Church. Roof faces multiple charges, including 33 federal offenses. His state trial will begin July 11, 2016. A date has not been set for his federal trial.
According to CNN, attorney Gerald Malloy, who represents the family of victim Rev. Clementa Pinckney, stated “We are confident that the prosecutors in the state and federal jurisdictions will find justice in this case.”