Call for death penalty: Nikki Haley

Published: June 19, 2015

Call for death penalty: Nikki Haley, A steady stream of people is visiting the memorial in front of the black church where authorities say a young white man slaughtered nine people during a Bible study.

Police tape still cordoned off the area Friday, and FBI agents were investigating in the back parking lot of the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church. Eight vehicles have remained in the lot for some time.

A pile of flowers in front of the church is growing. Media trucks and reporters are set up along the road, and traffic slows as cars pass by the memorial. People on foot stop to take pictures with cellphones.

Authorities say 21-year-old Dylann Roof fatally shot nine people in the Charleston church on Wednesday night. Roof is charged with nine counts of murder.

9:56 a.m.

Police in Charleston say the suspect in a fatal church shooting at a historic black church is charged with nine counts of murder and a weapon charge.

Police spokesman Charles Francis said Friday that 21-one-year-old Dylann Roof is charged with the 10 total counts in the Wednesday night fatal church shooting.

The weapon charge against Roof is possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime. Under South Carolina law, it’s illegal to use a weapon such as a knife or gun to commit a violent crime whether or not the weapons is legally owned.

A bond hearing for Roof is scheduled for 2 p.m. Friday.

9:50 a.m.

The man accused in the shooting deaths of nine people at a historic black church in Charleston is scheduled to make his first South Carolina court appearance.

Charleston County officials say 21-year-old Dylann Roof was set to appear at a bond hearing at 2 p.m. Friday. Roof is unlikely to appear in court, as most initial hearings are conducted over a video link with the county jail.

Nine people were killed Wednesday night by a gunman at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in downtown Charleston. Officials are investigating the shooting as a hate crime. Police say Roof spent nearly an hour at the church in a prayer meeting before shooting the victims.

7:15 a.m.

South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley says the gunman who killed nine people during a shooting spree at a Charleston church should get the death penalty.

Speaking Friday morning on NBC’s “Today” show, Haley said “we will absolutely will want him to have the death penalty.”

Twenty-one-year-old Dylann Storm Roof was arrested Thursday in North Carolina, a day after nine people were killed during a Bible study at a historic black church in downtown Charleston.

Those killed included the minister at The Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church.

The shooting is being considered a hate crime.

10:45 p.m.

Felecia Sanders says she survived a shooting massacre at a historic black church in Charleston by playing dead as she lay on top of her granddaughter to protect her.

Cynthia Taylor told The Associated Press that she spoke with Sanders and that is what Sanders told her.

Taylor is the niece of 87-year-old shooting victim Susie Jackson, who was a longtime member of The Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church and sang in the choir.

A white male fatally shot nine people at the church Wednesday night during a Bible study session.

Police arrested 21-year-old Dylann Roof in North Carolina on Thursday and flew him back to South Carolina to face charges.


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