Suspect in Charleston church shooting waives extradition

Dylann Storm Roof, a 21-year-old from Lexington County, South Carolina, has been named the suspect sought in the shooting death of nine people killed at a Charleston church on Wednesday, June 17, 2015. (Photos: Lexington County Detention Center/Facebook)

SHELBY, N.C. (WNCT) – Charleston shooting suspect Dylann Roof, 21, has waived extradition and his right to counsel at a hearing that lasted just ten minutes.

That means Roof will be headed to South Carolina.

Cleveland County Assistant Clerk Ruth Deviney told The Associated Press that she doesn’t know when or how that will happen. Roof was removed from the courthouse by officers from the FBI, the Sheriff’s Office and the Shelby Police. He’s legally in the custody of the Shelby police since that’s where he was apprehended earlier in the day Thursday.

Since he’s waived his right to counsel, Roof will either represent himself or hire his own lawyer.

“I can confirm that there is a subject in custody in relation to the shootings in Charleston from last evening,” U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch said in a news conference. “And, of course, this moves us into a different phase of the investigation, which will be pursued as vigorously and with as complete cooperation as the apprehension of this individual.”

Roof is alleged to have killed nine people in a shooting at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina late Wednesday, June 17, 2015. The incident is being treated as a hate crime. View a gallery of images here.

According to witnesses, the suspect stood up and said he was there “to shoot black people.” A survivor told other media outlets that the shooter said, “You rape our women and you’re taking over our country. And you have to go.”

The suspect killed six women and three men. The identities of the victims have yet to be released, however multiple outlets have confirmed the church’s pastor, Rev. Clementa Pinckney, who also was a state Senator, is among the deceased.

Police were tipped off to Roof’s whereabouts when a North Carolina citizen reportedly recognized the suspect’s car and called authorities. Local police made a traffic stop in Shelby, North Carolina, and Roof was taken into custody without incident.

Said Charleston Police Chief Gregory Mullen: “I am so pleased we were able to resolve this case quickly.”

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