News Wire

South Carolina church gunman to plead guilty to murder charges

Police lead suspected shooter Dylann Roof into the courthouse in Shelby, North Carolina

Police lead suspected shooter Dylann Roof into the courthouse in Shelby, North Carolina, U.S. June 18, 2015. REUTERS/Jason Miczek/File Photo

(Reuters) – Dylann Roof, convicted and sentenced to death in federal court for the 2015 massacre at a historic black church in Charleston, South Carolina, will plead guilty to related state murder charges, the prosecutor handling the case said on Friday.

Roof is charged with killing nine parishioners on June 17, 2015, during a Bible study meeting at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church. He will receive a sentence of life in prison for the state charges and face no second trial as part of the plea agreement, Solicitor Scarlett Wilson said by phone.

He is due to enter his plea on April 10.

Wilson declined to discuss the reason for the move.

“The goal is to get him into federal custody so their sentence can be imposed,” she told the Post and Courier newspaper.

Roof was sentenced to death in federal court in January after a jury found him guilty of 33 charges, including hate crimes resulting in death, in the shooting.

(Reporting by Colleen Jenkins; Editing by Lisa Von Ahn and Tom Brown)

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

w

Connecting to %s