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Charleston Church shooter Dylann Roof attacked in prison

ATTACK: Dwayne Marion Stafford, 26, “allegedly exited his cell and ran downstairs to the first level of the jail where Dylann Roof was showering and began assaulting him with his hands”

THE MAN responsible for the death of nine members of the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston was assaulted in jail by a black inmate.

According to The Post and Courier, Dylann Roof was showering when the attack took place at 7.45 am last week (Aug 4) at the Al Cannon Detention Centre.

Two detention officers were supposed to be with Roof during his shower but one had taken a break and the other was called to take toilet paper to a nearby cell, Charleston County Sheriff Al Cannon explained at a press conference.

Dwayne Marion Stafford, 26, “allegedly exited his cell and ran downstairs to the first level of the jail where Roof was showering and began assaulting him with his hands”, according to an incident report.

Roof, who has been in solitary confinement since he was arrested in June 2015, was punched in the face and body and suffered bruising to his face and back.

No weapons were involved.

It was initially announced that Stafford would be charged with third-degree assault and battery, a misdemeanour, but Cannon said Roof and his lawyer have no intention of pursuing any charges for the incident.

Instead the inmate was released on a $100,0000 bond on Friday (Aug 5), according to police.

The incident prompted an outpouring of support of Stafford, who has been since January 2015, when he was arrested on charges of first-degree assault and strong arm robbery.

It is possible to send money to inmates at Charleston County jail via a website, whose page is linked on the sheriff's office's website.

The records do not show who paid Stafford's bond.

Advocacy group Taking a Stand Against Discrimination shared a donation page on Thursday, asking people to donate to Stafford and explaining how to send him a letter in jail.

Roof, a self-proclaimed white supremacist, is charged with nine counts of murder in state court.

He also is charged with 33 counts, including hate crimes and religious rights violations, in federal court. He is awaiting trial and faces the death penalty in both cases.

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