A federal appeals court in the United States has upheld the death sentence of Dylann Roof, convicted of murdering nine African-Americans in the state of South Carolina.
The mass shooting of nine African-Americans in a church in Charleston occurred in the summer of 2015. Dylann Roof was charged with committing a crime motivated by racial hatred and some other crimes. In January 2017, the court sentenced him to capital punishment.
“When he was detained, he confessed everything only with a barely familiar hint of remorse… His crimes deserve the harshest punishment that society can bear,” the Court of Appeal said in its ruling.
Roof offered to plead guilty in exchange for a guarantee of saving his life, but the prosecutor’s office refused such a deal.