HATE CRIME CHARGES AGAINST CHARLESTON SHOOTING SUSPECT

United States Attorney General Loretta Lynch,has announced a 33 count Federal hate crime indictment against the alleged gunman in the Charleston murder of 9 African Americans at a black church in June.

Lynch told a news conference on Wednesday (July 22 ) the charges “could likely result in the death penalty being sought.” She made clear that evidence contained in the indictment revealed that Dylann Roof, the alleged shooter specifically targeted the Charleston AME (Mother Emanuel ) church “because of its history and to draw notoriety.”

The attorney general also announced that investigations into the shootings are continuing, even as she noted that a grand jury was expected to return a verdict later Wednesday following its deliberations on the case.

Roof is already facing 9 counts of murder at the state level,but with South Carolina not having a hate crime law,Department of Justice officials fear the racial component of the crime would not be addressed.

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