Guilty plea wraps up cases against Charleston church shooter

Guilty plea wraps up cases against Charleston church shooter

Those same people have the opportunity to testify Monday before Roof is sentenced.

Roof would become the 62nd current federal death row inmate, and appeals in such cases can take a decade or more, the center's executive director, Robert Dunham, said in a telephone interview.

"The impact at Mother Emanuel has been far reaching", said Pastor Eric Manning, who now leads Emanuel's congregation.

"We visit the crime scene every day", Manning said.

"I think he should get death", said Eva Jackson Dilligard, sister of Susie Jackson, 87, who was shot 11 times. "I'm a child of God but he hurt the entire family". He added that he was sorry for the families of the victims and that he and his wife pray for them every night.

"We are just sick over what has happened to these families", he said.

As Roof's grandfather Joe Roof, a longtime real estate lawyer in Columbia, South Carolina, addressed the court for the first time, he said, "Dylann is not all bad".

Roof was sentenced to death by a federal jury back in January for his attack on the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, a historically-black church, during which he sat in on a bible study for over half-an-hour before shooting the black churchgoers in attendance.

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Roof is expected to be transferred from a local jail to a federal prison out of state, a law enforcement official tells The Associated Press.

Since 1988, when the federal death penalty was reinstated, 76 defendants in the United States have been sentenced to death and three prisoners have been executed, according to the center's website.

Roof was convicted late a year ago of 33 federal charges.

Roof was convicted of 33 federal charges a year ago and sentenced to death. Jennifer Pinckney, the widow of slain pastor and state Sen.

The deal reached in the Charleston County Courthouse includes a life sentence. "I still feel like I had to do it".

Ninth Circuit Solicitor Scarlett Wilson announced Roof's state plea agreement March 31.

Authorities will likely transfer Roof to a federal penitentiary in Terre Haute, Indiana, to await execution.

Savage said Felicia Sanders, who watched as both her son and her aunt died in the shootings, summed up her feelings in two words: "Praise God". For surely love is always stronger than hate, and hate will never win.

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