What’s next for Dylann Roof after death sentence?

FILE - In this June 18, 2015 file photo, Charleston, S.C., shooting suspect Dylann Storm Roof is escorted from the Cleveland County Courthouse in Shelby, N.C. Prosecutors who wanted to show that Roof was a cruel, angry racist simply used his own words at his death penalty trial on charges he killed nine black people in June 2015 at a Charleston church. Roof's two-hour videotaped confession less than a day after the shooting and a handwritten journal found in his car when he was arrested were introduced into evidence Friday, Dec. 9, 2016. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton, File)

SPARTANBURG, S.C. (WSPA) – What’s next for Dylann Roof now that a jury has decided he should die?

“I can’t remember when we’ve had such a disastrous thing happen,” said former 7th Circuit Solicitor Holman Gossett. “Nobody likes to see a life taken but in this instance… Justice was served.”

Gossett said Roof can now ask for a new trial.

“He didn’t have any attorneys helping him in the penalty phase so he may make that motion after reflecting on it, it was not a wise choice,” Gossett said. “Then it would go through the process of automatic hearings with appellate courts to see if there’s any reason under the law that it should not stand legal grounds.”

He says that could take years in a federal case, where death verdicts are rare.

“There’s only been three sentences of death carried out since the reinstatement of the death penalty in 1988 in federal court,” said Gossett. “So, you see, not many have gone through to completion.”

Gossett said though a lengthy process lies ahead, this decision is a step towards justice for those directly affected who’ve exemplified their faith.

“That should be a message to the rest of the world that tragedy happens but we still don’t lose our heart and Christianity and lash out in hate. They let it go through the legal process and we’ve come to a just point at this stage,” Gossett said.

Roof is the first to get the death penalty for a federal hate crime case, according to the Associated Press. His formal sentencing is Wednesday.

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