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.