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Dylann Roof, the 21-year-old who gunned down nine people in June at a black church in South Carolina, United States, has pleaded not guilty to the 33 federal charges brought against him.

One of the photos published on Roof's racist website shows him burning America flag. play

One of the photos published on Roof's racist website shows him burning America flag.

(Independent UK)

 

According to the court clerk's office, he pleaded not guilty to the offences on Friday, July 31.

Roof opened fire at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston on June 17, leaving nine dead including a former state senator and also  the church pastor, Rev. Clementa Pinckney.

Dylan Roof confesses to the attack after he was arrested in June. play

Dylan Roof confesses to the attack after he was arrested in June.

(Christian Post)

 

A grand jury had indicted him on 33 counts which included federal hate crime and firearms charges. This is separate from the number of state charges against him.

The young man faces life imprisonment or death sentence if found guilty.

Prior to the attack, Roof had a website called "The Last Rhodesian" that included a long, hate-filled racist manifesto. The site included photos of him burning an American flag, taking aim with a pistol and posing proudly at places connected to the Confederacy.

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