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Charleston shooting

A look at attacks on houses of worship over last decade

By Associated Press — March 15, 2019
Houses of worship around the world, a place of reflection and peace, have been targeted regularly by extremists.

Charleston church shooter pleads guilty to state murder counts

By Reuters — April 10, 2017
CHARLESTON, S.C. (Reuters) Pleading guilty to the state charges allows for Dylann Roof's transfer to death row and spares survivors and relatives of the victims a second round of courtroom testimony.

South Carolina church gunman tells jurors he is not mentally ill

By RNS staff — January 4, 2017
(Reuters) 'I am not sorry,' Roof wrote. 'I have not shed a tear for the innocent people I killed.'

Dylann Roof ruled competent for sentencing phase

By RNS staff — January 3, 2017
CHARLESTON, S.C. (USA Today) The federal judge overseeing the death penalty trial of Dylann Roof ruled he can serve as his own attorney before a jury who will consider a sentence of life in prison or execution.

Charleston church shooting suspect found competent to stand trial

By Jerome Socolovsky — November 25, 2016
CHARLESTON, S.C. (Reuters) - Accused white supremacist Dylann Roof is mentally competent to stand trial for the shooting deaths of nine black parishioners at a South Carolina church last year, a federal judge rules.

Jury selection enters final phase in Charleston church shooting

By Jerome Socolovsky — November 7, 2016
CHARLESTON, S.C. (Reuters) The final phase of jury selection begins in the U.S. death penalty trial for a white man charged with federal hate crimes after the shooting deaths of nine black parishioners at a historic South Carolina church last year.

Pastor at Charleston’s Mother Emanuel reassigned after five months

By Lauren Markoe — June 23, 2016
(RNS) The sudden departure of the Rev. Betty Deas Clark marks another jolt for the historic black church where a gunman allegedly killed the pastor and eight congregants a year ago.

White supremacist activity continues to surge

By Jerome Socolovsky — June 17, 2016
Inspired by a series of hate crimes and the current election season, white supremacists have grown angrier and more energetic in 2016, according to experts.

Why Charleston shooting is both an obstruction of religion and a hate crime (but not terrorism)

By Tobin Grant — May 25, 2016
What is a 'hate crime'? What is 'obstruction of religion'? How are they different from 'terrorism'?

U.S. to seek death penalty against accused church shooter

By RNS staff — May 25, 2016
CHARLESTON, S.C. (Reuters) Federal prosecutors will seek the death penalty for a white man accused of killing nine black parishioners in a racially motivated attack at a church in Charleston, South Carolina, last June.

Be wary of (loan) sharks in sheep’s clothing (COMMENTARY)

By Willie Gable Jr. — February 17, 2016
(RNS) A $1 million donation to faith-based and other civil rights groups from a lender who has made a fortune on low-income people of color should be treated with suspicion.

Charleston shooting survivor Jennifer Pinckney: ‘I want to carry on (Clementa’s) work’

By Jesse James DeConto — February 10, 2016
DURHAM, N.C. (RNS) Jennifer Pinckney survived the Charleston massacre that took her husband’s life and the lives of eight others. “I want him to smile down on us. I want him to be proud," she said at a Duke University event.

Confederate battle flag embattled in S.C. legislature as removal debate begins

By Reuters — July 6, 2015
It could take three days of votes before it's decided whether the lawmakers will heed the governor's call to remove the flag from Statehouse grounds.

Report: Fire at black church in S.C. was not arson, feds say

By Rick Jervis — July 1, 2015
Fires at several predominantly black churches in Southern states the past two weeks — at least three attributed to arson — raise concerns about potential fallout from the recent South Carolina church shooting.

Charleston shooting cast a shadow on Wednesday night Bible study tradition

By Reuters — June 24, 2015
Pastors who uphold this longstanding study night in their churches will be looking squarely at last week's tragedy through the lens of the Good Book.
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