Charleston church shooter pleads guilty to separate state murder counts

Dylann Roof, the white supremacist sentenced to death in federal court for the 2015 shooting massacre at a historic black church in South Carolina, pleads guilty to separate state murder charges.

CHARLESTON, SOUTH CAROLINA, UNITED STATES (APRIL 10, 2017) (RESTRICTED POOL) – The white supremacist sentenced to death in federal court for the 2015 shooting massacre at a historic black church in South Carolina pleaded guilty to separate state murder charges on Monday (April 10).

Dylann Roof, 23, was charged in state court with murdering nine African-American parishioners as they closed their eyes in prayer at a Bible study session.

Roof agreed to plead guilty in state court under a deal with prosecutors after being convicted of 33 federal crimes, including hate crimes and obstruction of religion resulting in death. In January, a jury found he deserved the death penalty.