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    Charleston Massacre Calls for 'Ultimate Punishment' -State Solicitor

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    The South Carolina Ninth Judicial Circuit Solicitor calls for the 'ultimate punishment' for Dylann Roof.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — Shooter Dylann Roof should get the death penalty for killing nine African-Americans attending a Bible study in Charleston, South Carolina Ninth Judicial Circuit Solicitor Scarlett Wilson said on Thursday.

    'This was the ultimate crime and justice from our state calls for the ultimate punishment,' Wilson stated in a press conference.

    Wilson noted that she is aware of the different opinions on what punishment would be appropriate for the crime Roof had committed.

    Some family members of victims, Wilson explained, do not believe in the death penalty under any circumstances because of their faith, while others think the death penalty is 'just too easy.'

    Then there are those, she added, who consider death an appropriate verdict for the shooter.

    'We all agree that forgiveness can be an important part of the healing process, but know that forgiveness does not necessarily mean foregoing consequences, even severe consequences,' Wilson concluded.

    Following the killings at Charleston’s Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church on June 17, South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley stated that Roof should be given the death penalty.

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