Dylann Roof Has Been Sentenced To Death

Submitted by: fancylad 2 months ago News & Politics

Maybe it was when he uttered "I would like to make it crystal clear, I do not regret what I did" while he defended himself last week, but a jury of 12 made it official this morning in 3 short hours of deliberation. 

"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 would do anyway,” said Roof during his closing statement today. "That’s all," he added. Then he sat and awaited his fate -- the death penalty he was trying to squirm out of.

Unfortunately, the death penalty will draw this case out for a very long time, thanks to all the legal red tape death penalties bring with them.

While the judge read the sentencing, Roof just sort of sat there expressionless, although he did display was an awkward grimace at times -- odd closed-lipped smiles. 

And while everyone got the conviction they were hoping for, we still don't know why Roof did which brings into question his state of mental health. He was said to be of sound mind to be tried as knowing what he was doing at the time, but he lack of motive is disturbing. 

"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 concluded in his final statement. "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."

No motive other than to witness death at his own hands.

Judge Richard Gergel will formally sentence Roof tomorrow at 9:30 am.
There are 21 comments:
Male 1,739
I'm not well-informed on this case, but didn't Roof state to the police, shortly after his arrest, that he committed the murders because he thought blacks were too numerous and a danger to whites? I don't remember there being any confusion as to his twisted motive.
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Male 3,139

Claimed he wanted to start race riots.
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Female 3,267
There's no reason to not use a firing squad... or better yet, like a sniper competition, whomever pegs the guy/gal from furthest away gets a butterball.

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Male 1,739
melcervini I'm generally not a proponent of the death penalty and generally don't laugh at death penalty jokes, but I laughed in this instance. I have zero empathy for Roof. If someone can be welcomed to a prayer group, spend 15 minutes praying with them, then execute them in cold blood and express not an iota of remorse? Words fail me.
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Male 1,308
squrlz4ever I'm not much for allowing the government to decide who lives and who dies as a life sentence can be retracted and some corrections made.

In this case where he openly and remorselessly admits his actions, I see no conflict in showing him the mercy of death rather than to keep him alive for another 50 or 60 years in a cage.
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Male 94
The death penalty is pointless at least the way we do it. If the purpose of it is revenge or deterrence then it needs to be done quickly and publicly. If the purpose is justice then it fails, one life doesn't equal nine. Economically it doesn't make sense in that it costs more to execute someone than it does to keep them in prison for life.
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Male 5,632
taxidriver Well, it costs more to try the death penalty case and it costs more per year to keep the prisoner on death row, yes. But, if they actually move quickly to execution then that becomes significantly cheaper. I looked it up - the average cost of a year's imprisonment in 2010 was listed as $31,286.00. This kid's 22 years old. If he lives for 40 years we're talking about $1,250,000.00. And that's at average 2010 cost! Price of a lethal injection? Less than a hundred bucks.

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Female 3,267
taxidriver https://www.walmart.com/ip/Remington-UMC-.45-Auto-Jacketed-Hollow-Point-100pk/16930263 
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Male 903
melcervini My go to CC load.
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Female 3,267
scheckydamon I can't see wasting a good round like Hornady's on a piece of shit like this, but Rems will do the job just fine.
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Male 2,663
taxidriver 
Been saying that for years.
Better to kill em quick and say sorry for any mistakes, than to ask permission for decades.
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Male 3,139
It  costs more to execute someone than it does to keep them in prison for life? Do tell.
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Male 1,308
trimble The cost associated with legally required appeals is where the expense occurs.
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Male 903
insaneai There are no "legally" required appeals. Many outside groups will file appeals even if he doesn't want them, thereby dragging it out for years.
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Male 1,308
scheckydamon Some states file an automatic appeal as required by law.  I get that this may vary from one state to another.
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Male 903
insaneai As near as I can find in SC there is one automatic appeal to the next highest court and then the " norm " is 2 further appeals ending at SCOTUS. I don't remember but I think he still has to go through federal court for other charges, which also carry death penalty consequences. Either way, he's breathing for the next 5 years at least.
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Male 2,663
Um ... The jury recommended the death penalty, it ain't official til the judge makes his decision.
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Male 706
captkangaroo "Under federal sentencing laws, the death penalty can be imposed only if all 12 jurors agree on it, and the judge cannot overrule the jury's decision." source
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Male 2,663
mischeif954 
Judges do things their not supposed to all the time.
And if the judge, say, sentences the cretin to, oh, 600 years in prison, any attempt to reinstate the death penalty would see so many objections and appeals, the kid would die of old age and never see the executioner.
A death penalty judgement is too expensive. Special inmate units, specially trained guards - at a markedly higher than average salary, decades, on average, of appeals. 
It's far cheaper to sentence scum to so much time even Methuselah would wither and die, with an added benefit said scum fades into obscurity, instead of hitting the news every 5-10 years as another round of appeals wind up. 
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Male 706
captkangaroo I don't disagree, personally I don't care for death penalty, as a personal stance nor in practice not only for the reasons you mention, but also include that there's too much bias in the justice system that expediency isn't going to address . The death penalty is distributed statistically based on the race of the victims. They can't even decide if sexual assault or death is worthy of serious punishment, or an inconvenience to the well being of the perpetrator in the case of Brock Turner or the affluenza kid. Anyway, I read that article after reading your comment and thought it was relevant.
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Male 2,663
mischeif954 
When getting down to brass tacks, I have a problem with the issues you mention as well.
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