South Carolina jury finds Dylann Roof guilty in church killings

Roof told investigators that he was hoping to spark a race war by killing people in the South Carolina church.

Dylann Roof has been found guilty by a Charleston, South Carolina, jury on all 33 counts he faced for murdering nine people and attempting to kill three others during a massacre at a historically black church.

Roof faced a litany of charges that included murder, attempted murder, damage to religious property, obstruction of religious belief and weapons charges.

According to NBC News, on June 17, 2015, Roof entered the Emmanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in downtown Charleston. He sat among people participating in a Bible study before he started shooting worshippers during the final prayer.

In a chilling, videotaped confession, Roof admitted that he was guilty of the shooting and told authorities that he was hoping to spark a race war.

It took jurors just over two hours to convict him.

NPR News notes that Roof has asked to represent himself during the penalty phase of the trial, which is set to begin Jan. 3.

Federal prosecutors are seeking the death penalty.

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