During a recent interview with the Black Collective, recently released Dwayne Stafford opened up about why he attacked Dylann Roof, the man behind the Emanuel AME Church shootings that killed five parishioners.
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First Stafford confirms that during their stay in Charleston Country jail, he had numerous conversations with Roof, but two were cordial enough that the corrections officers didn’t believe that Stafford was a threat. Clearly they were wrong.
One day as the two spoke, Roof’s flippant behavior about the deaths he was accused of caused Stafford to lash out, the Associated Press reported. It began when Roof was talking about an 11-year-old girl who survived the shooting, the same shooting where Stafford’s facing multiple charges and the death penalty.
“He said something like, ‘I thought I killed the girl, the little girl, but they was like she didn’t get killed,’ and I was like ‘No, you didn’t get her. She played dead on you from what I heard.’” he said.
“That’s when I gave him the smart aleck, saying like you so bad but you let that child get off on you,’” he added.
Later on, Stafford saw an opening to assault Roof in the shower and he monopolized on it. He told the Black Collective that that precise moment was “like in the movies when a girl in the shower and she gets startled.”
As HELLO BEAUTIFUL previously reported, Stafford, 26, escaped his room, ran down a flight of stairs, and hit Roof several times in the face and body near the showers.
“I can’t say he deserved to die because I’m not a judge but I had the power to bust his [expletive],” Stafford stressed.
Well alrighty then.
20 Pictures That Show The Powerful Resilience Of Charleston’s Mother Emanuel AME Church
1. Mother Emanuel AME Church held its first service since the shooting death of nine African-American church members on June 17.Source:Getty 1 of 20
2. People line up to enter for Sunday service at the Emanuel AME Church.Source:Getty 2 of 20
3. Two children wait to enter the Emanuel AME Church June 21, 2015 in Charleston, South Carolina.Source:Getty 3 of 20
4. A member of the church is seen outside of Emanuel AME before its first service since the Charleston shooting.Source:Getty 4 of 20
5. A Charleston County sheriff’s deputy checks bags as people line up to enter for Sunday service at the Emanuel AME Church.Source:Getty 5 of 20
6. Gloria Moore watches the church as parishioners take their seats at the Emanuel AME Church.Source:Getty 6 of 20
7. A woman prays as she attends the Sunday service outside of the Emanuel AME Church.Source:Getty 7 of 20
8. People pray and listen to the Sunday service outside of the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina.Source:Getty 8 of 20
9. Parishioners sit at Emanuel AME Church four days after a mass shooting that claimed the lives of its pastor and eight others.Source:Getty 9 of 20
10. The Rev. Norvel Goff, right, prays at the empty seat of the Rev. Clementa Pinckney.Source:Getty 10 of 20
11. South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, R-S.C., embraces U.S. Sen Tim Scott, R-S.C., at Emanuel AME Church.Source:Getty 11 of 20
12. A parishioner prays at the empty seat of the Rev. Clementa Pinckney at the Emanuel AME Church.Source:Getty 12 of 20
13. The congregation departs following Sunday services at the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina.Source:Getty 13 of 20
14. A family is seen leaving Emanuel AME Church following Sunday services.Source:Getty 14 of 20
15. People embrace as they depart the Emanuel AME Church following Sunday services.Source:Getty 15 of 20
16. Church members comfort one another after Emanuel’s first service since the Charleston shooting.16 of 20
17. Church members comfort one another outside of Emanuel.Source:Alex Colby 17 of 20
18. A mother and son surround a memorial for the nine church members killed during the Charleston shooting.Source:Alex Colby 18 of 20
19. Charleston natives comfort each other during the church’s first service since the shooting on June 17.Source:Alex Colby 19 of 20
20. Activist DeRay McKesson is seen outside of Emanuel AME church.Source:Alex Colby 20 of 20