Police in Charleston, S.C., said Friday morning that the man accused of a shooting spree inside a church is being charged with nine counts of murder.
Dylann Roof, the suspected shooter, has a bond hearing on Friday at 2 p.m. He was arrested in Shelby, N.C., on Thursday morning, about 14 hours after police said he gunned down nine parishoners inside an Emanuel AME Church meeting room.
South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley (R) on Friday urged prosecutors to seek the death penalty in this case. The state’s law says that the death penalty can be imposed in cases where there are aggravating factors, including the killing of two or more people in a single act.
Roof is also being charged with possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime, the Charleston Police Department said.
After he was arrested in North Carolina, Roof waived extradition and was flown back to Charleston on Thursday night. Police said they were holding him in the Al Cannon Detention Center before the bond hearing.
Major Eric Watson of the Charleston County Sheriff’s Office said the bond hearing Friday is expected to be conducted by video feed.
In addition to the charges Roof faces Friday, the Justice Department is investigating the shooting as a possible hate crime.
Sarah Larimer contributed to this report.