الأحد , يونيو 14 2020

Charleston gunman pleads not guilty

Dylann Roof

Mr Roof wanted to plead guilty on all charges, according to his lawyer

The man accused of murdering nine black churchgoers last month in Charleston, South Carolina, has pleaded not guilty on more than 33 federal charges.

Twenty-one-year old Dylann Roof, who is white, wanted to plead guilty on all counts according to his lawyer.

But his lawyers entered a not guilty plea because the government has not decided whether to seek the death penalty.

US Judge Bristow Marchant entered the not-guilty plea on all counts.

Mr Roof appeared in the courtroom shackled. He was silent except for a few “yes” responses to the judge’s inquiries.

The family members of victims of the 17 June attack also spoke briefly.

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