CRIME

Dylann Roof Indicted On 9 Counts Murder, 3 Counts Attempted Murder For Charleston Church Shooting

Dylann Roof appears via video before a judge in Charleston, S.C., on Friday, June 19, 2015. The 21-year-old accused of killin
Dylann Roof appears via video before a judge in Charleston, S.C., on Friday, June 19, 2015. The 21-year-old accused of killing nine people inside a black church in Charleston made his first court appearance, with the relatives of all the victims making tearful statements. (Centralized Bond Hearing Court, of Charleston, S.C. via AP)

Dylann Roof, the 21-year-old charged with killing nine members of a historic black church in Charleston, South Carolina, was indicted Tuesday on nine murder counts and on three attempted murder counts for the victims who survived, The Post and Courier reports.

Roof was initially charged with the nine counts of murder, but the Charleston County solicitor sought and received the additional attempted murder charges as well. Three of the 12 people present at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church Bible study on June 17 survived; Roof reportedly told one of the survivors he was letting her live so she could recount the massacre to others.

An FBI investigation into whether Roof should also be charged under federal hate crime laws is still ongoing. Hate crime charges can only be brought against Roof at the federal level as South Carolina is one of the few states that has no hate crime laws on the books.

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