The Oklahoman

Church killer’s request for court to reconsider recusal is denied


The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said Tuesday that it is refusing to reconsider recusing itself from Dylann Roof ’s appeal over his death sentence and conviction in the 2015 racist slayings of nine members of a Black congregati­on in Charleston, South Carolina. All of the judges from the 4th Circuit, which covers South Carolina, have recused themselves from hearing Roof ’s case. No explicit reason was given in a May notice. In 2017, Roof became the first person in the U.S. sentenced to death for a federal hate crime after the shootings.

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