Dylann Roof was officially charged Friday morning in the Wednesday night shooting at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina. City police charged the 21-year-old with nine counts of murder and one count of possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime, the Washington Post reported. Roof's bond hearing was set for Friday at 2 p.m.
Police allege Roof, a white man, opened fire in the historic AME church after sitting through an hour of Bible study. He reportedly shouted, "You rape our women and you're taking over our country. And you have to go." Nine people were fatally shot, including the church's pastor, state Sen. Clementa Pinckney. Authorities are investigating it as a hate crime.
Roof was arrested Thursday morning during a traffic stop about 250 miles away, in Shelby, North Carolina. He waived extradition and returned to South Carolina on Thursday night, where he was awaiting his bond hearing in the Al Cannon Detention Center.
Roof's prosecutor was expected to be Scarlett A. Wilson, while public defender Ashley Pennington will represent him. Judge J. C. Nicholson will oversee Roof's case, the Guardian reported.
South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley told reporters Friday that she thinks Roof should face the death penalty. "There’s a very evil kid out there that we need to blame,” Haley said, according to the Post and Courier. "You will absolutely pay the price. This is pure hate.”
Roof has been arrested twice this year, CBS News reported. In February, he was booked on drug charges when an officer, called to the local mall because Roof was acting suspicious, found him with the narcotic Suboxone. Roof was also banned from the mall, but he showed up there again on April 26. He was then arrested for trespassing.