This is good news:
A South Carolina jury has found Dylann Roof, the self-avowed white supremacist who killed nine black parishioners in a Charleston church in June 2015, guilty of all 33 federal charges he faced, including hate crimes, murder, attempted murder and obstruction of religion.
Barring appeal, the conviction means that Roof, 22, could either spend the rest of his life in prison or be subject to the death penalty. Sentencing has been scheduled for January, and Roof has been cleared by judge Richard Gergel to represent himself in those proceedings. Experts have suggested this leaves Roof, a high school dropout with no legal training, much more likely to be sentenced to death.
The jury was composed of nine white Americans and three black Americans, who took less than three hours to come to a unanimous decision on the charges.
In addition to today’s federal convictions, Roof will also face a trial on state charges, currently scheduled for January. Roof could be sentenced to death in that trial too.
He deserves a slow, painful death. Maybe let some black inmates beat him to a pulp every day until his execution (which won’t be for years).
My objections to the death penalty have to do with wrongful convictions. I have no pity or sympathy for the guilty.