(CHARLESTON, S.C.) — Prosecutors have yet to mention whether or not they’ll try 21-year-old Dylann Roof as a capital case, but local politicians are already weighing in, in favor of the death penalty.
“If you’re going to have a death penalty, then certainly this case would merit it,” Charleston Mayor Joseph Riley said.
South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley has also urged prosecutors to seek the death penalty.
Roof, who admitted to killing nine people Wednesday night at an evening prayer service, had his bail set at one million dollars Friday. It was an emotional day in court, as victim’s families directly addressed Roof via closed circuit television.
The murder trial of Dylann Roof is expected to extend into next year. But ABC’s Legal Analyst Royal Oakes says Roof’s confession may mean the case will move along more quickly.
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