Almost a year after the deadly mass shootings at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, S.C. that took the lives of 9 members including the pastor, Attorney General Loretta Lynch announced Tuesday that the Department of Justice is seeking the death penalty for accused shooter, Dylann Roof. Lynch said in a statement, “Following the department’s rigorous review process to thoroughly consider all relevant factual and legal issues, I have determined that the Justice Department will seek the death penalty. The nature of the alleged crime and the resulting harm compelled this decision.” Overall, Roof is facing 33 charges including hate crimes. State authorities have also stated that they have a separate case against Roof and they too are seeking the death penalty. Last month, a judge agreed to postpone Roof's criminal trial for him to undergo more psychiatric evaluations. The trial was slated to begin in July of this year but has been pushed back until January 2017.
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