Report: Accused Charleston Church shooter Dylann Roof assaulted in prison showers

Roof suffered bruising to his face and back after a fellow inmate attacked him in the showers on Thursday morning

By Brendan Gauthier

Published August 4, 2016 6:07PM (EDT)

Dylann Roof (AP Photo/Ben Earp, File)
Dylann Roof (AP Photo/Ben Earp, File)

Dylann Roof, the 22-year-old charged with murdering nine people inside an African Methodist Episcopal church in Charleston, South Carolina, in 2015, was reportedly assaulted Thursday morning by another inmate at the Cannon Detention Center.

Roof was in the showers when at 7:45 a.m. fellow inmate Dwayne Marion Stafford allegedly began assaulting him "with his hands," according to The Charleston Post and Courier. Roof suffered bruising to his face and back before corrections officers intervened. No weapons were involved.

Charleston County Sheriff's Office Major Eric Watson announced in a press conference earlier this afternoon that Stafford, 25, would be charged with third-degree assault and battery.

On June 17, 2015, Roof allegedly shot and killed nine black members of the Emanuel AME Church. He's currently awaiting trial on 33 federal charges (9 for the murder; 24 civil rights violations), 18 of which carry the death penalty. He pleaded not guilty to all charges in July, 2015.

Brendan Gauthier

Brendan Gauthier is a freelance writer.

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