Dylann Roof trial: ‘He put 5 bullets in my son’, church attack survivor testifies – Los Angeles Times

Federal prosecutors on Wednesday began to lay out their case against Dylann Roof, the self-avowed white supremacist charged with killing nine black parishioners at the historic Emanuel AME Church, describing him as “cold and calculated” as he pulled out a Glock .45-caliber pistol and fired more than 70 shots at a Bible study class.

“He seemed to the 12 to be harmless,” Asst. U.S. Atty. Julius “Jay” Richardson told jurors, describing each of the congregants who had gathered at the church June 17, 2015, to read the Book of Mark’s Parable of the Sower. 

“Little did they know what a cold and hateful heart he had. … He hadn’t come to the Bible study to hear the good word. He hadn’t come to hear the Lord,” Richardson said in his opening statement.

“He chose to execute nine good, innocent men and women. And he chose to do so out of a callous hatred of the color of their skin.”

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