Charleston church shooter: ‘I would like to make it crystal clear, I do not regret what I did’

Source: The Washington Post

January 4 at 7:48 PM
Six weeks after he shot and killed nine people at a Charleston church, ­Dylann Roof lamented in a jailhouse journal that he could no longer go to the movies or eat good food. But he still felt the massacre was “worth it” because of what he perceived as the wrongs perpetrated by the black community.

“I would like to make it crystal clear, I do not regret what I did,” Roof wrote. “I am not sorry. I have not shed a tear for the innocent people I killed.”

The journal was the centerpiece of prosecutors’ opening bid to convince jurors that Roof, 22, deserves the death penalty for slaying nine black parishioners of the city’s historic Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in 2015. Roof was convicted last month of federal hate crimes for the shooting, and Wednesday marked the first day in the penalty phase of his trial.

Prosecutors had held back dramatic evidence for the occasion, adding more emotion to an already harrowing trial.

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