US Church Shooting Suspect Pleads Not Guilty

- VOA News,August 1, 2015

The man charged with the shooting deaths of nine African-American churchgoers in Charleston, South Carolina has pleaded not guilty to 33 federal charges.

Dylann Roof entered the plea Friday during a brief arraignment in a federal court in Charleston, even as his defense attorney said Roof wants to plead guilty.

The attorney, David Bruck, said he could not advise his client to plead guilty until prosecutors say whether or not they will seek the death penalty. Roof is still able to change his plea at a later date if he chooses.

Roof faces federal charges including hate crimes and obstructing the practice of religion.  He also faces murder and attempted murder counts in the state of South Carolina.

Neither federal or state prosecutors have decided whether they will seek the death penalty if Roof is convicted.

Also during Friday's hearing, some of the victims' family members made statements to the court.

Roof sat quietly in the courtroom, speaking only to answer "yes" several times in response to the judge's questions.

The 21-year-old Roof, who is white, was indicted on the federal hate crime charges last week, about a month after the shootings at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston.

Roof appeared in photos waving Civil War-era Confederate flags, and survivors said he made racist remarks during the attack.

美国教堂枪杀黑人嫌犯辩称无罪

- 美国之音,2015年8月1日

在美国南卡罗来纳州查尔斯顿的一个教堂枪杀9名黑人教友的男子对33项联邦控罪辩称无罪。

迪伦·鲁夫星期五在查尔斯顿一个联邦法庭的简短传讯中称自己无罪,而他的辩护律师说过他打算认罪。辩护律师布鲁克说,在检方没有提出是否要寻求对被告处以死刑之前他不能建议被告认罪。鲁夫仍然可以选择之后改认有罪。

鲁夫受到的联邦控罪包括仇恨罪和阻碍宗教活动。他还面临南卡来罗纳州指控的谋杀和谋杀未遂罪名。联邦和州检察官都没有决定如果鲁夫被定罪,他们是否要求对他处以死刑。

在星期五的传讯中,一些遇害人的家人也对法庭作出陈述。鲁夫则安静坐在法庭上,只有在几次回答法官的问题时说了“是的”。

现年21岁、身为白人的鲁夫上星期以联邦仇恨罪的罪名受到起诉。大约一个月前他在查尔斯顿的伊曼纽尔非洲卫理公会教堂开枪杀人。

鲁夫曾挥舞美国内战时期的邦联旗拍照,幸存者说他在袭击时说了种族歧视的话。