Dylann Roof will be executed for shooting nine worshipers dead during a Bible study in a historically black church in a racist attack that shocked the nation.
A 12-person jury returned a death sentence Tuesday at the Charleston Federal Courthouse after deliberating for three hours.
The punishment follows Roof’s conviction in December on 33 charges related to the massacre at Emanuel A.M.E. Church on June 17, 2015.
Roof’s murder of the parishioners shocked a public already nauseated by mass shootings in seemingly every place imaginable by introducing a new setting for bloodshed: church. His victims ranged in age from 26 to 87 and included a pastor and state senator, family matriarchs and patriarchs, a retired teacher, a track coach and speech therapist, a librarian, two mothers of teenage children, and a young college graduate.