Transcript for Charleston Church Shooter Dylann Roof Sentenced to Death
But first, the verdict coming in late today in Charleston. The jury deciding the death penalty for dylann roof who walked into that church and shot and killed nine parishioners who invited had imto pray with them. Steve osunsami leading us off. Reporter: It took jurors only three short hours. "The most appropriate sentence is death" the justice delivered to these church families tonight is bittersweet. This verdict is a verdict for America. Reporter: 22-year-old dylann roof will pay for the nine lives he stole from the basement of this historic black church by giving up his, but none of this will bring their loved ones back. The husband and daughter of Myra Thompson tell us tonight they hope roof finds god soon. If there is one thing we want to tell time tonight, we want him to find the lord. Judgment day is coming sooner for him than expected. What happened that sweltering evening was more than painful to Charleston. While reverend clementa Pickney and eight other wonderful people were being executed at a bible study in the name of white nationalism. His wife was locked in a room down the hall with their youngest daughter, hiding from the racist killer. Daddy's dead? No, baby no. Just stay quiet, okay? Just stay right where you are. Yes, ma'am. Reporter: In his closing statements, roof sounded calm, and well thought. I felt like I had to do it,' he told jurors ' and I still feel like I have to do it. It's the same lack of humanity he shared in this handwritten jailhouse journal. I would like to make it crystal clear. I do not regret what I did. I am not sorry. In a statement tonight, south Carolina's senator Tim Scott, said that "Today that man was rightly sentenced to death." A justice department official confirms that the roof case is the first time a death penalty verdict has been rendered in a hate crimes case. At the formal sentencing He is asking for an appeal? Reporter: Yes, but the judge told him the rules are since he chose to act as his own lawyer, he has to file that appeal on his own. David. Steve osunsami has been covering this case from the start. Steve, thanks.
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