State prosecutors in the case of 21-year-old Dylann Roof, the young American white skinned man who killed black members of a bible class as they prayed, said from the outset of the trial that they would seek the death penalty.
Tuesday January 10, 2017 Dylann Roof was told he would be put to death.
The prosecutors made the decision to seek the death penalty after a series of meetings with survivors and victim's family members and because more than two people were killed in the deadly attack.
But none of the friends and family who spoke during the sentencing phase of the trial asked for the death penalty.
Nine people were murdered at the Emanuel AME (African Methodist Episcopal) Church in June 2015. They were callously shot by Dylan Roof.
Roof penned a racist manifesto prior to the gun massacre which led some to question why he was not charged with a hate crime or with domestic terrorism.
But the mass shooting was in South Carolina, a state that has no hate crime laws.
Roof's father bought his son a gun for his 21st birthday and he now has to live with what happened next.
Roof was found guilty in December and then dismissed his legal team. He represented himself as sentencing began.
Tuesday a jury of 10 women and two men recommended the death penalty for all 18 counts that had a possible death sentence attached.
At around 9.30am Wednesday Judge Richard Gergel will formally sentence Roof.
Now it seems Roof wants to file a motion for new lawyers and for a retrial The judge may not agree.
After a prosecutor's "impassioned, two-hour argument in a Charleston courtroom urging jurors to give Roof the death penalty instead of their other option, life in prison without possibility of parole" Roof reportedly said:
"In my confession to the FBI I told them that I had to do it, and obviously that's not really true. ... I didn't have to do anything," Roof said as he made his own five-minute closing argument in the penalty phase of his federal trial. "But what I meant when I said that was, I felt like I had to do it, and I still do feel like I had to do it." .
According to CNN that means "he also suggested he'd like to be spared."