By Steve Neavling
The Justice Department is seeking the death penalty for Dylan Roof, the man accused of a carefully planned shooting that killed nine parishioners in a Charleston, South Carolina, church last year.
“Following the department’s rigorous review process to thoroughly consider all relevant factual and legal issues, I have determined that the Justice Department will seek the death penalty,” Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch said in a statement Tuesday. “The nature of the alleged crime and the resulting harm compelled this decision.”
The Washington Post reports that federal prosecutors explained why they were pursuing the death sentence, describing the shooting as racially motivated.
Roof “demonstrated a lack of remorse” and targeted a Bible study group to “magnify the societal impact” of the massacre.