First Time in Modern Times That Both State & Federal Prosecutors Seek Death Penalty

Authorities will have two chances to see that Dylann Roof meets the same fate as his victims.

But never in modern times have both state and federal prosecutors sought someone’s execution at the same time. How they will manage two death penalty cases could break legal ground and offer some lessons.

“We are in completely uncharted waters,” said Chris Adams of Charleston, an experienced capital defender. “The federal government’s decision (to seek the death penalty) creates many more questions than it does answers.”

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MVFR Disappointed by AG Choice To Seek Death Penalty for Accused Mother Emanuel Mass Murderer Dylann Roof


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Raleigh, NC - Murder Victims’ Families for Reconciliation (MVFR), expresses its profound disappointment over the decision of United States Attorney General, Loretta Lynch, to pursue the death penalty for Dylann Roof, the accused murderer of nine members of Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, Charleston, South Carolina.


As the oldest national anti-death penalty organization that is led by members of victims’ families, MVFR understands the life-altering feelings of sadness, outrage, grief and brokenness that are visited upon those whose loved ones were brutally taken away through murder.  Furthermore, MVFR maintains that every homicide, regardless of methods, number of victims, contexts, or levels of public knowledge, is a catastrophic, heinous act that requires the full attention of law enforcement personnel and officers of the judicial system to bring murderers to justice.



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MVFR Attends "Hands Around the State House" in South Carolina



MVFR Charleston staff attended "Hands Around the State House", a gun rally orchestrated by Project Unity, a SC non-profit which aims to build stronger communities by reducing crime. The rally, which took place at the State House in Columbia, SC, pushed for more extensive background checks when purchasing firearms. SC State Senator Marlon Kimpson, who represents District 42 in Charleston, also the same district as MVFR's Charleston office is located, spoke at the rally along with Alana Simmons, granddaughter of slain Mother Emanuel massacre victim, Rev. Daniel L. Simmons Sr. Mother's Demand Action, a national group of mothers who have lost a child to gun violence was also present at the rally. "Let's keep working to close the loopholes. Fired up," said Senator Kimpson. Below are a few pictures from the rally as well as a link the Charleston's Post & Courier piece about the rally.






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