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Dylan Storm Roof, the domestic terrorist suspected of killing nine people in a historic Black church in Charleston, SC, will be charged with nine counts of murder and possession of a firearm on Friday (June 19).

Reports the New York Times:

The Charleston Police Department announced the charges just hours before the suspect, Dylann Storm Roof, a white man who returned to Charleston under heavy guard on Thursday night after his arrest in North Carolina, was expected to go before a judge on Friday afternoon for a bond hearing, where he will hear the charges against him.

South Carolina’s governor, Nikki R. Haley, on Friday called for Mr. Roof to face the death penalty.

“This is a state that is hurt by the fact that nine people innocently were killed,” Ms. Haley said, adding that the state “absolutely will want him to have the death penalty.”

The governor, who spoke on NBC’s “Today” show, described Wednesday’s shooting rampage as “an absolute hate crime.”

Reportedly, Roof entered the church with the intent of starting a race war. His roommate Dalton Tyler has said that he planned the shooting for months (someone may want to arrest that guy).

This is just the first step in justice being served to the nine people who lost their lives. We’ll patiently wait and see if that really happens.

Photo: AP Photo/Chuck Burton