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Dylann Roof Sentenced to Death After Telling Jurors: 'I Still Feel Like I Had to Do It'

South Carolina church gunman Dylann Roof was sentenced to death Tuesday after he again refused to ask  jurors to spare his life for the racially motivated murder of nine black worshippers.

Jurors deliberated for nearly three hours after the 22-year-old said he doesn't know "what good" it would do to ask to live the rest of his life in prison. 

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Roof reiterated that he is without regret. "I still feel like I had to do it," he told jurors Tuesday.

His statements came as no surprise. Last week, he told jurors deciding his ultimate fate, "There is nothing wrong with me psychologically.”

"Anything you heard from my lawyers in the last phase [of the trial], I ask you to forget it," Roof told the court.

Prosecutors said earlier Tuesday that Roof should be executed because he had a “hateful heart” and chose to kill parishioners at Emanuel AME Church based on their race.

A month earlier, the same jury found Roof guilty of 33 federal crimes in the June 2015 church massacre that Roof told authorities he committed "to start a race war."

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While Roof has so far declined to ask for mercy, prosecutors have called scores of relatives to testify about their families' unthinkable grief following the attack.

Watch: See Disturbing Video of Dylann Roof Entering Church Before Shootings

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