Dylann Roof has been in the custody of the state of South Carolina for over a year.
He is currently facing the death penalty in both federal and state court after shooting nine people to death inside Charleston, South Carolina’s Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church including senior pastor and state senator Clementa C. Pinckney, but it looks like inmates at the Charleston County Detention Center are helping the court to determine his fate.
Reports of an assault against Roof surfaced yesterday afternoon after authories found the 22-year-old inmate covered with “several bruises,” reports the Huffington Post. Charleston County Sheriff Al Cannon Jr. detailed Roof’s attack during a press conference by stating the white supremacist was assaulted while “being led to the shower” at 7:30 a.m. EST yesterday morning.
Roof’s attacker was 25-year-old inmate Dwayne Marion Stafford, who ran towards and punched Roof several times. Authorities are not ruling this as a “racially-motivated [attack] beyond the obvious speculation that we would all have given the nature of the situation.”
Roof is facing 33 federal charges, and slated to stand trial at the beginning of next year. His jury selection will begin November 7.
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