The second week of the federal death penalty trial for the 22-year-old gunman who killed nine Black church members in June 2015 has revealed even more disturbing information about his plan of attack.
According to ABC News, the testimony of former South Carolina Law Enforcement official Brittany Burke revealed that Dylann Roof had a hand-written list of Black churches in his car on the day he carried out the horrific shooting at the Mother Emanuel AME Church.
All these churches are in Charleston. They were on a list found in Dylann Roof's car. #RoofTrial pic.twitter.com/CzgjKu11MB— Bim Adewunmi (@bimadew) December 12, 2016
The man who sold Roof the gun used in the attack also testified on the same day, noting that he moved forward with selling the weapon to the then-21-year-old White supremacist after waiting the required three business days for the NICS (National Instant Criminal Background) System to review his application and respond with a denial.
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Ronald Thrailkill, the gun salesman, says he later received communication from NICS telling him the sale should be denied.
In another portion of his FBI interview that was played in court this week, Roof said he didn’t expect to survive the shooting because he believed police would come in and kill him immediately afterward. In a journal found in his car, Roof wrote that he was not raised in a racist place and was triggered to carry out the hateful attack in Charleston after reading about Trayvon Martin and George Zimmerman. The journal also contained countless entries in which Roof makes racist statements about African-Americans and Jews.
Roof faces 33 federal charges, including hate crimes.