On Tuesday, twelve federal jurors decided that Dylann Roof should face the death penalty for his role in the 2015 Charleston church massacre.
Before the jury deliberated Roof told them he felt he had no choice but to commit the massacre.
“In my confession to the FBI I told them that I had to do it, and obviously that’s not really true. … I didn’t have to do anything,” Roof said as he made his own five-minute closing argument in the penalty phase of his federal trial. “But what I meant when I said that was, I felt like I had to do it, and I still do feel like I had to do it.”
He did ask for mercy.
“From what I’ve been told, I have a right to ask you to give me a life sentence, but I’m not sure what good that will do anyway,” Roof said. “But what I will say is only one of you has to disagree with the other jurors.”
Every one of the ten women and two men on the jury decided against that mercy.
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