Dylann Roof’s death sentence was denied en banc review by the United States Court of Appeals.
A federal appeals court has refused to hear his appeal of his death sentence for the 2015 murders of nine people at a Charleston, South Carolina, church.
In a one-page opinion issued Friday, the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals refused the en banc review.
Roof filed a plea with the court earlier this month after a three-judge panel unanimously upheld his sentence for a federal hate crime conviction in 2017. He killed the Black attendees with the “express goal of scaring, not just his immediate victims at the historically significant Mother Emanuel Church, but as many comparable persons as would hear of the mass murder,” according to the court.
In an en banc session, he requested that the entire court of 15 judges hear the case again. Roof’s defenders claimed that the death penalty for their client was unconstitutional because prosecutors stressed the innocence of the nine victims.
The self-described White supremacist claimed he carried out the massacre in the hopes of sparking a race war in the United States.
Clementa Pickney, a 41-year-old South Carolina state senator who was also a pastor at the church; Cynthia Hurd, 54; Tywanza Sanders, 26; Myra Thompson, 59; Ethel Lance, 70; Susie Jackson, 87; DePayne Middleton Doctor, 49; Sharonda Singleton, 45; and Daniel Simmons Sr., 74 were among those killed.
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