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DOJ seeks death penalty in church shooting

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>> The Department of Justice will push for the death penalty against Dylan Roof, the 22 year old accused of opening fire on a South Carolina church last June. The shooting left nine African American parishioners dead. They were attending a bible study session at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston.
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Tuesday, Attorney General Loretta Lynch, said the nature of the alleged crime and the resulting harm compelled her decision to push for the death penalty. Reuters correspondent, Julia Harte.>> It's been over a decade since a federal inmate was executed. Timothy McVey and then two others in the early 2000s were the last federal inmates to be put to death.
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That followed a gap of several decades. So it's not a common occurrence for a federal inmate to be executed.>> Roof faces 33 federal charges including hate crimes and obstruction of religion. Authorities says he held white supremacist views and targeted his black victims because of their race. Roof's attorney declined to comment.