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Justice Department to Seek Death Penalty for Accused Charleston Church Shooter Dylann Roof

The decision came after a "rigorous review process," Attorney General Loretta Lynch says

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    In this handout, Dylann Storm Roof is seen in his booking photo after he was apprehended as the main suspect in the mass shooting at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church that killed nine people on June 18, 2015, in Charleston, South Carolina. The Department of Justice announced nearly a year later it will pursue the death penalty during his trial.

    The Department of Justice will seek the death penalty against accused church shooter Dylann Roof, U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch announced Tuesday.

    Lynch said in a statement that her department came to that decision after a "rigorous review process," NBC News reports.

    "The nature of the alleged crime and the resulting harm compelled this decision," she said.

    Roof, 22, will stand trial for the massacre of nine people last June at the historically black Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina. He was charged with nine counts of murder, three counts of attempted murder and possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime.