(NEWS2) – The man accused of murdering nine people inside a Charleston church last month now faces federal charges.
Dylann Roof, 21, was indicted Wednesday on 33 charges, including hate crimes, for the shootings at Emanuel AME church in downtown Charleston on June 17th.
In the indictment, the grand jury charged that Roof planned the murders for months, wanted notoriety, and hoped to increase racial tensions across the country. The grand jury also charges that he chose Mother Emanuel because it had a predominantly African-American membership and it was historically significant not just to the people of Charleston, but to the people of South Carolina and the nation as well. The federal charges against Dylann Roof carry the possibility of the death penalty, but the attorney general says no decision has been made yet on whether to pursue it.
Roof already faced more than a dozen state charges in the shootings, and is being held without bond.