A South Carolina jury has found 22-year-old white supremacist Dylann Roof guilty of all charges in the Emmanuel AME Church shooting that claimed the lives of nine Black parishioners as they gathered for a Wednesday night bible study in June 2015.
The jury convicted Roof of the massacre after two hours of deliberation, following an emotional week of testimony from survivors and multiple viewings of a recorded FBI interview that shows Roof immediately confessing after the shooting.
The jury, comprised of nine white people and two Black people, were also shown photos of the horrific crime scene taken inside the church following the shooting.
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Roof, who confessed to authorities that the attack was motivated by his disdain for Black people, was convicted of multiple charges including nine counts of hate crimes resulting in death, nine counts of obstructing the exercise of religion resulting in death and three counts of hate crimes involving an attempt to kill, among others.
According to ABC7 News, the same jurors will return to the courthouse on Jan. 3 to determine whether or not Roof should face the death penalty, while Roof and his attorneys will prepare for another death penalty trial set to take place in state court next year.
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