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Monday, October 24, 2016

Dylann Roof, the suspect in last month’s massacre at an African-American church in Charleston, South Carolina, has been indicted by a grand jury on nine counts of murder and three counts of attempted murder, the prosecutor said on Tuesday.

Roof, a 21-year-old white man linked to racist views, is charged in the June 17 shooting rampage at the historic Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, where nine black people were killed.

Roof had already been charged by state warrants with the nine murder counts and one count of possessing a weapon during the commission of a violent crime. Three additional attempted murder charges related to people who survived the shooting were presented to the grand jury, prosecutor Scarlett Wilson said in a statement.

Wilson declined to comment further.

Authorities say Roof spent an hour in an evening Bible study group at the church before opening fire.

Federal investigators have been examining a racist manifesto on a website that appears to have been written by Roof. The site featured a white supremacist screed and photos, apparently of Roof, posing with the Confederate battle flag at Civil War landmarks.

The massacre has brought fresh attention to the divisive issues of race relations and crime in the United States and reignited a debate over gun control in a country where the right to own firearms is protected by the U.S. Constitution.

On Tuesday, the South Carolina Senate passed legislation to remove the Confederate battle flag that flies at the statehouse grounds and has long been denounced by critics as a symbol of white supremacy. Supporters of the flag deny it has a racist meaning and say it symbolizes the South’s heritage.

The bill must pass the state House of Representatives before it can be enacted.

(Reporting by Suzannah Gonzales in Chicago; Editing by Mohammad Zargham and Will Dunham)

Photo: Police lead suspected shooter Dylann Roof, 21, into the courthouse in Shelby, North Carolina, June 18, 2015. (Reuters/Jason Miczek)

  • paulyz

    This terrible tragedy deservedly got a lot of press, as well as many discussions about the Confederate flag. But the terrible tragedies caused by Illegals, which have murdered, raped, & assaulted even more Americans, was noticeably absent by the National Memo I believe. This is very disturbing, allowing political ideology to be the basis of “news”.

    • Independent1

      More of your pure hogwash!!. I won’t deny that there have been incidents where illegals have killed some Americans, there are bad apples in every barrel; BUT THE TRUTH IS, illegal aliens are at least 8 times less likely to commit any kind of crime than a native-born American and more than 3 times less likely to commit a crime requiring incarceration. So even the crimes illegals mostly commit, are less serious crimes than native-born Americans commit. So for every American that has been killed or raped by an illegal, more than 5 times as many have been raped and killed by native-born Americans (native-born meaning born in America)..

      FACT ALSO IS, that it’s the cities in America with the highest concentrations of illegals that have seen the largest drop in the crime rates over the past 2 decades. San Diego, the city in America with the highest concentration of illegals is actually one of the ten cities that have seen the sharpest decline in the crime rate over the past 2 decades as the percentage of illegals in San Diego has actually increased.

      You wouldn’t happen to have been the worthless RWNJ that’s given Donald Trump all the misinformation about immigrants that he’s been spewing? Would you??

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