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Barbara Owens casts a shadow on a memorial message board outside the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston

Barbara Owens casts a shadow on a memorial message board outside the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina June 22, 2015, site of a mass shooting which left nine people dead during a bible study. REUTERS/Brian Snyder TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

9 killed at church shooting in Charleston, South Carolina

The jury in avowed white supremacist Dylann Roof's federal hate crimes trial found him guilty on all counts on Thursday for gunning down nine black parishioners at a historic church in Charleston, South Carolina, last year.

Twelve jurors deliberated for a little under two hours after six days of chilling testimony about the bloodshed during a Bible study at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church on June 17, 2015. The panel will return on Jan. 3, 2017, to decide whether Roof should be sentenced to death or life in prison.

Roof, 22, showed no emotion as the guilty verdicts were read on 33 charges of federal hate crimes resulting in death, obstruction of religion and firearms violations.

The victims' family members, who sat through the trial as lawyers presented graphic crime scene photos and details about Roof's months of planning for the attack, felt a sense of relief.


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