Charleston church shooter faces death penalty in federal trial

Dylann Roof, 22, the gunman suspected in the shooting deaths of nine churchgoers in South Carolina last yearThe man accused of gunning down nine African American churchgoers in South Carolina last year will face two death penalty trials, after federal prosecutors announced they would seek capital punishment. Dylann Roof, 22, allegedly joined an evening Bible study class at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, then shot participants with a .45-caliber Glock handgun. “Following the department’s rigorous review process to thoroughly consider all relevant factual and legal issues, I have determined that the Justice Department will seek the death penalty,” US Attorney General Lynch said in a statement.

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