Charleston church shooter to plead guilty to murder charges

Charleston church shooter to plead guilty to murder charges

Charleston church shooter to plead guilty to murder charges

Dylann Roof, sentenced to death in federal court in a mass church shooting in SC in 2015, will plead guilty to state murder charges and receive a life sentence in prison, the prosecutor said Friday.

As part of a plea agreement, Roof will be sentenced to life in prison and forgo a state trial, Solicitor Scarlett Wilson said by phone. The plea on all of his state charges, including nine counts of murder, comes in exchange for a sentence of life in prison, the prosecutor said.

The plea deal means there won't be a second trial, and it means roof won't face a second death sentence. "I'm feeling glad we don't have to endure another trial". "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". He won't ever be able to step outside again.

With a guilty plea, the loved ones of Roof's victims will be spared another emotional and grueling trial. Male prisoners sentenced to death usually are housed at a prison in Terre Haute, Ind., said attorney Andy Savage, who represents several of the victims' families and survivors of the shooting. "The most effective way to do that is to secure a guilty plea for a life sentence and get the defendant into federal custody". He will plead guilty to state murder charges to avoid a second death sentence, according to new reports.

Roof admitted to authorities that he shot and killed nine people at a historically African-American church back in 2015. Roof has already filed for a new federal trial, arguing that federal prosecutors didn't have jurisdiction to bring their case against him.

Wilson also had sought the death penalty in state court.

This story is developing.

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