Dylann Roof, the 21-year-old who allegedly killed nine people at the historic Emanuel African Methodist Church (AME) in Charleston, S.C. last month, was formally indicted on additional charges Tuesday.
Not long after the crime, Roof was charged with nine counts of murder and one count of criminal possession of a firearm. In a press release Tuesday, Charleston County prosecutor Scarlett A. Wilson said her office presented three additional charges of attempted murder related to the incident to a grand jury, which subsequently returned an indictment.
The release noted that no court appearances have been scheduled. Judge J.C. Nicholson will be presiding over the case. “Judge Nicholson is an excellent jurist who will shepherd this case through the criminal justice process,” Wilson said. It is not clear if Roof will face the death penalty. As The Washington Post pointed out last month, that is something Wilson wants to discuss with the victims’ families. These are the nine victims Roof is accused of killing:
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- Democratic state Sen. Clementa Pinckney, pastor of Emanuel AME
- Sharonda Coleman-Singleton, another pastor of Emanuel AME
- Cynthia Hurd, manager of the St. Andrews branch of the Charleston County Public Library
- Tywanza Sanders, recent graduate of Allen University, Columbia, S.C.
- Myra Thompson, wife of the Rev. Anthony Thompson of Holy Trinity Reformed Episcopal Church in Charleston
- Ethel Lee Lance, employee at Emanuel AME
- Susie Jackson, patron at Emanuel AME
- Danuel L. Simmons Sr., ministry staff member at Emanuel AME and former pastor of Greater Zion AME Church in nearby Ayendaw
- Depayne Middleton, mother of four and Emanuel AME choir member
Prior to the murders, Roof had been no stranger to law enforcement, having been arrested in March on a drug charge and in April on a trespassing charge.
Since the murders, many have called for the Confederate battle flag to be removed from the public sphere, particularly on South Carolina’s Capitol grounds, as Roof was shown holding the flag, was wearing racist regalia, and is said to have racist tendencies. The South Carolina state Senate overwhelmingly passed legislation Monday to have the flag removed. The state House is expected to take up the measure Tuesday. South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, a Republican, said she would sign the legislation.
h/t: The Washington Post
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