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Five years after church massacre, S Carolina protects monuments

South Carolina leaders, who gave themselves sole authority to decide what happens to historical monuments and names, appear to be sitting out. Some black lawmakers are urging colleges and local governments to defy state law and act on their own.

Church shooter Dylann Roof pleads guilty to state murder charges

Convicted Charleston church shooter Dylann Roof was given nine consecutive life sentences in prison after he pleaded guilty to state murder charges Monday, leaving him to await execution in a federal prison and sparing his victims and their families the burden of a second trial.

Judge formally sentences Dylann Roof to death

CHARLESTON, S.C. – A judge has formally sentenced Dylann Roof to death for killing nine black worshippers in a racist massacre at a Charleston church. U.S. Judge Richard Gergel handed down the sentence Wednesday at a hearing to affirm the jury’s decision on the death penalty for the 22-year-old avowed white supremacist. Gergel couldn’t change the jury’s decision.

James Ragland: Chicago attack was pure evil

Evil is evil: It never likes what or whom it comes to destroy. That’s why decent people of all stripes, no matter where you are, must call it what it is and stand lockstep against it.

Roof to jurors: ‘Nothing wrong with me psychologically’

Convicted Charleston church shooter Dylann Roof spoke to the jury for the first time at his death penalty trial Wednesday, telling them there’s nothing wrong with him psychologically and that he is not trying to keep any secrets from them.

With Roof as his own lawyer, sentencing to begin in slayings

After a judge ruled Monday that Dylann Roof is competent to represent himself, the same jury that last month unanimously found him guilty in the slayings of nine black parishioners at a South Carolina church will return to court to begin contemplating his punishment.

Dylann Roof won’t work to spare his life in church massacre

Charleston church shooter Dylann Roof says he won’t call any witnesses or present evidence while representing himself during the punishment phase of his death penalty trial, but he is working hard to keep secret potentially embarrassing evidence about himself and his family.

Dylann Roof laughed during church slaying confession to FBI

Dylann Roof wanted the world to know he hated black people and thought they were criminals. He thought about attacking drug dealers, but they might shoot back. So, he told the FBI, he picked a historic black church in Charleston he had learned about online.

Church attack survivor recalls loud noise, then darkness

A survivor of last year’s massacre at a black South Carolina church testified Wednesday that her Bible study group had just closed their eyes and started praying when a loud sound shattered the stillness. The basement room went dark.

Dylann Roof allowed to hire lawyers back, for now

A federal judge has allowed a white man accused of fatally shooting nine black parishioners at a Charleston, South Carolina, church to hire back his lawyers, at least for the first phase of his trial.

Bible study, unity walk to honor church shooting victims in SC

A memorial service at the arena where President Barack Obama last year led the congregation in “Amazing Grace” is among more than two dozen events scheduled during 12 days to mark the first anniversary of a mass slaying at a historically black church in Charleston.