>> Dylan Roof will pay with his life. That's the determination of a federal jury Tuesday that decided unanimously in favor of the death penalty. Just hours earlier representing himself in the penalty phase, Roof had personally addressed jurors but gave them no reason to show mercy telling them, quote, I had to do it.
Prosecutors argued Roof came to Charleston's Emmanuel AME Church in June of 2015 with, quote, a hateful heart and a Glock 45. They called dozens of witnesses including family members and friends of the victims, often crying as they recalled memories of the nine black churchgoers Roof shot dead. One testified that her life was in tatters since the death of her mother.
Roof called no witnesses during the entire trial and told jurors, quote, there's nothing wrong with me psychologically, as if daring them to hold him fully responsible for his massacre. The same jurors last month convicted the 22-year old avowed white supremacist of 33 federal charges.