WASHINGTON (Sputnik) – Roof confessed to murdering the nine churchgoers at the historic black Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church earlier on Friday.
“Dylann Roof…charged with 9 counts of murder and possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime,” the Charleston Police Department said via Twitter.
Dylann Roof bond hearing @ 2 pm today charged with 9 counts of murder & poss of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime.— Charleston P.D. (@CharlestonPD) 19 июня 2015
Roof was arrested by police on Thursday in Shelby, North Carolina, 200 miles from the crime scene.
The US Department of Justice has launched a hate crime probe into the incident.