Son of Emanuel AME shooting victim reacts to Dylann Roof’s decision to appeal conviction

Son of Emanuel AME shooting victim reacts to Dylann Roof’s decision to appeal conviction
Professional Baseball Player Chris Singleton offers an inspirational speech in 2019.

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) - The son of one of the Emanuel AME shooting victims, who has been in the public eye since the June 2015 massacre, reacted Wednesday morning to the news that convicted shooter Dylann Roof is going to appeal his death sentence.

“Forgiveness was granted and justice was served,” Chris Singleton, the son of Sharonda Coleman-Singleton, wrote on Twitter. “Let’s keep it that way!”

Singleton also used the hashtag “Can’t let moms down."

Chris starred at Goose Creek High School before playing for Charleston Southern and was eventually drafted by the Chicago Cubs.

Since then, he has continued to travel around the country giving inspirational and motivational speeches.

On Tuesday, Roof argued that he was suffering from schizophrenia and other psychological disorders when he represented himself at his capital trial.

In a legal brief filed with the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Roof’s lawyers said that when a judge allowed him to represent himself during the penalty phase of his federal trial, he was a 22-year-old ninth-grade dropout “who believed his sentence didn’t matter because white nationalists would free him from prison after an impending race war.”

Roof is currently on death row at the penitentiary in Terre Haute, Indiana.

He received a new federal public defender earlier this month.

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