Assistant U.S. Attorney Jay Richardson confirmed the decision is now in front of U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch who will have the final say if Roof, who shot and killed nine parishioners inside of the historic Emanuel African Methodist Church, including state Sen. Clementa Pinckney, will be sentenced to death.
On the evening of June 17, 2015, Roof walked into Mother Emanuel during a prayer service and killed nine worshipers. A 10th victim survived. The morning after, police captured Roof who confessed to the crime with the intentions of starting a race war.
Roof is charged with federal hate crimes and also faces nine counts of murder in the state court. A trial date has not been announced.