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Suspect in Charleston Church Shooting Apprehended

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The 21-year-old racist gunman who heartlessly took the lives of 9 Emmanuel AME Church members during a South Carolina bible study could possibly face the death penalty for his actions.

Trial prosecutors revealed Tuesday night that they plan to request the death penalty for murderer Dylann Roof on the grounds that he intentionally murdered more than two people while the putting the lives of countless others at risk, according to ABC News.

Survivors of the massacre along with the 9 victims’ family members were also cited as having input on the decision of prosecutors to seek capital punishment, although some of them reportedly oppose the death penalty because of their religious beliefs and concern that the death penalty is too easy a punishment for the horrific nature of the crime committed.

Dylan Roof’s trial date is currently set for sometime in July 2016.

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