It didn’t take long for the inmate alleged to have struck Dylann Roof in the face to be released on bond.
26-year-old Charleston County Detention Center inmate Dwayne Stafford made headlines on Thursday for allegedly assaulting Roof in a bathroom at the facility and on Friday he was released on a $100,000 bond. Stafford had been in the detention center dating back to January 2015 after being arrested on charges of strong arm robbery and first-degree assault. Roof and his lawyer indicated that they will not be pressing charges against Stafford in relation to this week’s incident.
As the suspect accused of carrying out last summer’s horrific massacre in Charleston that left nine African-Americans dead at the historic Emanuel AME Church, Roof has understandably garnered little sympathy for being struck in the face, and Stafford has received a wave of attention as a result. Supporters of Stafford launched a donation page to put money into his commissary account, and an address was provided for mail to be sent to.
Unlike Stafford, release appears incredibly improbable for Roof. The 22-year-old, who has been in protective custody during his incarceration, is currently facing the prospect of the death penalty for his alleged crimes. Roof’s legal team has been pushing back against this potential penalty arguing that the punishment would be unconstitutional.