Dylann Roof: US court upholds death sentence on church attacker

An appellate court within the US has upheld the death sentence given to a supremacist who killed nine black people at a South Carolina church.

Dylann Roof targeted a Bible study group in 2015, and told a jury before being convicted two years later: “I felt like I had to try to do it.”

Upholding the sentence, the appeals judge said the crimes “qualify him for the harshest penalty that a just society can impose”.

The roof remains on death house in Indiana.

Last month, US Attorney-General Merrick Garland halted federal executions pending a review by the Department of Justice, following the Trump administration’s prolific use of execution.

The 2015 massacre shocked the state and reignited a debate about race relations and therefore the flying of the Stars and Bars.

The victims of the Charleston shooting
Roof told police he wanted to start out a race war and he was photographed holding the flag, which to several may be a symbol of racism.

The tragedy led to the flag being far away from the South Carolina statehouse, where it had flown for 50 years.

Source: www.bbc.com