Roof was found guilty late last year of 33 federal charges and sentenced to death during a separate proceeding earlier this year. Relatives of each of the nine people killed attended court each day of his federal trial, some testifying with emotion about the voids created by the losses of their loved ones.
The plea entered Monday by the self-avowed white supremacist marks the end of his court cases and signals his departure for the federal prison system, where he’ll await execution.
The deal with state prosecutors spared his victims and their families the burden of a second trial.
Standing at the defense table with his attorneys, clad in a grey and white striped jail jumpsuit and handcuffed to a chain at his waist, the 23-year-old entered the plea during an afternoon hearing.
Roof was unapologetic at his federal trial as he listened to days of testimony from survivors.