Additional charges in Charleston church massacre case

South Carolina prosecutors announce additional charges against Dylann Roof, accused murderer in Charleston church massacre

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Updated Jul 28, 2015

Dylann Roof (21), accused murderer of the June 17 Charleston church massacre, who killed nine Black worshipers in the historic Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal church, is now being charged with three more cases of attempted murder, and possession of a weapon.

The South Carolina district prosecutor for Charleston announced the additional charges on Tuesday, which reportedly stem from the survivors of the attack, who are all female, including a minor.

“We will continue to analyse and evaluate the evidence in this case,” said the prosecutor.

Possession of a weapon during a “violent time” is an additional charge newly indicted against Roof.

The white-supremacist and accused murderer of nine black people during a Bible class at the church, was arrested the following day after his offence, which he reportedly carried out in order to start a “race war,” according to his own statements.

Police also said the man intentionally spared some people, so that they could describe what he had done. Survivors include an 11-year-old girl, her grandmother and an elderly trustee of the church.

Roof is currently in solitary confinement, and pending trial.

Justice Department officials claim that the man should also be charged with hate crimes, as he, most certainly bears the legal requirements for the charges.

No such charge was yet made against the man.

Roof has previously appeared in photos waving a Confederate flag and burning the US flag, in his attempt to promote racial violence.

Survivors of the attack also recounted that the man was articulating racist remarks as he carried out the shootings.

Republicans and both senators of the US have called for the removal of the Confederate flag, which symbolises white supremacy.

State senators approved of the bill for the removal of the flag on Tuesday.


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