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Supreme Court Denies Appeal of Dylann Roof’s Death Sentence

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Dylan Roof | Image by AP

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The U.S. Supreme Court denied an appeal Tuesday from mass murderer Dylann Roof over his 2015 death sentence conviction. The court did not comment on the case in dismissing it.

Roof was found guilty of murder after authorities said he opened fire during the closing prayer of a bible study, killing nine members of a church in Charleston, South Carolina, in 2015. Roof was 21 at the time of the massacre.

Roof asked the Supreme Court to review his case after a federal appeals court denied overturning his conviction and death sentence last year, saying the legal record cannot even capture the “full horror” of what he did.

The Supreme Court was asked to answer what should happen when a capital defendant who is deemed mentally competent to stand trial disagrees with their attorneys sharing evidence depicting the defendant as mentally ill.

Roof demanded evidence of his mental health be left out of his trial and fired his legal representation during sentencing.

Roof represented himself after firing his legal team and attempted to block any evidence that showed him as mentally ill — even though his attorneys argued it may have helped him avoid the death penalty.

Roof successfully prevented jurors from hearing evidence about his mental health, “under the delusion” that “he would be rescued from prison by White-nationalists — but only, bizarrely, if he kept his mental-impairments out of the public record,” his attorneys claimed.

In the appeal to the Supreme Court, Roof’s attorneys argued that he should not have been allowed to represent himself during sentencing, a critical phase of his trial.

Roof can still seek other appeals in his sentence, according to the Associated Press. He pleaded guilty in 2017 and is on federal death row at a maximum-security facility in Terre Haute, Indiana.

Roof is the first person in the U.S. to receive a death sentence on federal hate crimes charges.

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Mahoney
Mahoney
1 month ago

As he should get the death penalty.

EDWARD
EDWARD
1 month ago

He should be set free in black community

Beriotibbs@gmail.com
Reply to  EDWARD
1 month ago

No. Let the government handle it. We don’t need death on our hands. Let God judge and render sentence…

LoWa
LoWa
Reply to  [email protected]
1 month ago

Unfortunately, the government moves way too slowly when it comes to executing murderers when there is no doubt of their guilt. I understand wanting to be sure the wrong person isn’t executed. But there’s no doubt in this scase.

Edward Hater
Edward Hater
Reply to  EDWARD
1 month ago

Wow you are a real piece of crap

Tamecia Henderson
Tamecia Henderson
Reply to  EDWARD
1 month ago

Since you felt empowered to post this about specifically the black community, please enlighten the world as to why you think he needs to be unleashed to this specific group of people. Now mind you, what did the black community do to you or to any other nation of people that we deserve for someone to come and unleash such energy. Let us all know what the black community did to you in particular.

Janet
Janet
Reply to  Tamecia Henderson
1 month ago

Maybe I misunderstood. Maybe Edward meant to release him into the Black community for revenge. I am sure most victims families would like a piece of the perpetrators of these heinous crimes to release their anger. But I know, as many of the families testified in impact statements, his judgement day will come.

Cricket
Cricket
Reply to  EDWARD
1 month ago

Edward,
I’m sure you believe that; and you will stand before a Just God and give an account for every idle word spoken. Don’t forget that I told you that…

clay
clay
1 month ago

He made the decisions to get to this point and he needs to be able to accept the punishment for his actions!

Starbooko
Starbooko
1 month ago

He did the crime now he will have to suffer the consequences, which death seems fair.

Rick Allen
Rick Allen
1 month ago

They should have executed him already??? Why wait? He didn’t hesitate to do the evil that he did taking those people lives needlessly😡

LoWa
LoWa
Reply to  Rick Allen
1 month ago

I agree! It takes way too.long to execute convicted murderers when there is no question of their guilt! That is not justice for the relatives of the deceased, or the taxpayers who have supported his sorry behind for seven years since his evil deed.execution should occur within 72 hours of conviction.

Cricket
Cricket
1 month ago

Now he wants to live…..Believing someone was going to rescue him from his heinous act of killing. They were innocent people who welcomed him, and he accepted their prayers. In return he commenced to killing them; he forfeited his right to live. He deserves the Death Penalty.

LoWa
LoWa
1 month ago

Imagine the unmitigated gall of a mass murderer appealing to the Supreme Court to overturn his death sentence after taking the lives of innocent people himself. In a perfect world, his sentence would have been executed immediately. He’s already lived seven years longer that he have his innocent victims. Where’s the justice for the families of his victims? They deserve closure!