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June 19, 2015 08:55 AM

ABC US News | World NewsSouth Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley is calling for the death penalty for 21-year-old Dylan Roof, who is accused of killing nine people after he opened fire on a Bible study group at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina.

Roof was arrested in North Carolina on Thursday after a local florist spotted him on the road. On Thursday evening, Roof was flown back to South Carolina, where he faces charges in the shootings.

Haley told NBC News that the state “will absolutely want him to have the death penalty.”

Roof’s uncle, who recognized his nephew prior to his arrest in a photo that was released by Charleston police, agrees.

“I’ll be the one to push the button. If he’s found guilty, I’ll be the one to push the button myself,” Carson Cowles told Good Morning America. “If what I am hearing is true, he needs to pay for it.”

Roof is charged with one count of murder in the shootings, though more charges are expected. He is due in court on Friday.

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