Dylann Roof, the man who is suspected of shooting and killing 9 people at a historical black church in Charleston, South Carolina, is being indicted on federal hate crime charges.
According to the NY Times, the 21-year-old was indicted earlier today on the charges, and others, which also carry the death penalty. Roof faces nine counts of murder in state court.
Justice Department and F.B.I. officials have agreed that the mass shooting was so horrific, that it needs to be addressed by the federal government.
One of the charges also includes killing someone while obstructing religious freedom, which is reportedly eligible for the death penalty.
A grand jury was expected to return a federal indictment this afternoon. A hate crime, alone, does not reportedly carry the death penalty.
Source: NY Times