Charleston Massacre trial set to be grisly, horrifying — and heartbreaking
Charleston church massacre fiend Dylann Roof won’t be grilling survivors or subjecting the world to his white-nationalist screed, but his trial, which opens Wednesday, will still be a horror show.
During an expected two weeks of grisly, heartbreaking testimony, coroners will describe the deaths of each of the nine black worshipers Roof admittedly slaughtered during a Wednesday night, church-basement prayer circle in June 2015.
Survivors will take the stand to recount how the young man with the bowl-cut hair prayed for an hour with his unsuspecting victims at the South Carolina church — then pulled a gun from his fanny pack and fired 70 bullets into their midst.
They will describe how the 22-year-old mass murderer stood over his cowering dying victims — and reloaded his Glock.
Testimony will include how one victim, Tywanza Sanders, 26, lay bleeding to death on the floor, pleading with Roof, “Why are you doing this? You don’t have to do this.’’
Roof coolly replied, “Y’all are raping our women and taking over the country.’’
But as horrific as the testimony is expected to be, two court decisions from last week will keep the proceedings from being still more traumatizing for a wounded church community and a sickened public.
In the first decision, US District Judge Richard Gergel granted federal prosecutors’ request that there be a ban on copying or posting online any crime-scene photos showing the shooting victims.
Not a single media outlet objected.