Death penalty for a mad racist in the USA!
A US appeals court on Wednesday upheld the death sentence of the Charleston assassin, who killed nine black people in a US church in 2015.
The then 21-year-old Dylann Roof “murdered the African Americans in their church during their service. They welcomed him, he slaughtered them, ”said the court’s decision. “His crimes justify the harshest punishment a just society can inflict.”
Roof’s attorneys appealed his conviction in early 2020. They complained that the defendant was allowed to defend himself even though he had been diagnosed with schizophrenia, autism, anxiety and depression.
They accused the court of having waived a hearing from experts in order to be able to move the process forward quickly. The prosecution presented him as a “calculating killer with no signs of mental illness”. The court of appeal did not follow this line of argument.
Roof mingled with attendees at a Bible study at a church in Charleston, South Carolina, on June 17, 2015, killing the pastor and eight parishioners.
He was found guilty on 33 counts by a federal court and sentenced to death in January 2017. In the process, he had shown no remorse and did not apologize.
The now 27-year-old is not facing execution for the time being, as the government of US President Joe Biden (78) has imposed a moratorium on executions at the federal level.