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Dylann Roof Assaulted In South Carolina Jail

Another inmate reportedly punched Roof several times on his way to the shower.

08/04/2016 03:50 pm ET | Updated 3 hours ago

The gunman accused of killing nine black churchgoers in Charleston, South Carolina, last year was attacked in jail on Thursday while on his way to the shower, authorities said.

Dylann Roof, 22, reportedly suffered several bruises but was not seriously injured in the incident at the North Charleston jail. Another inmate, Dwayne Marion Stafford, 25, ran toward Roof and punched him several times near the showers, according to officials.

Charleston County Sheriff Al Cannon Jr. said in a press conference that Roof and his attorney had decided not to press charges against Stafford.

Cannon added that there was no proof that the reported attack by Stafford, who is black, was racially motivated, “beyond the obvious speculation that we would all have given the nature of the situation,” USA Today reported.

Police lead accused shooter Dylann Roof into the courthouse in Shelby, North Carolina, on June 18, 2015.

Roof is facing the death penalty in both federal and state court, where prosecutors charged him with dozens of offenses, including murder. The deadly attack occurred during a Bible study session at Charleston’s historic Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church on June 17, 2015.

Court records filed by prosecutors in federal court last month said Roof used eight Glock handgun magazines and fired about 80 rounds during the massacre. The records alleged that Roof plotted the attack for months, calling the church from his home and paying a web hosting company, where he posted a manifesto online as early as February 2015.

Reuters contributed to this report.

Dwayne Stafford, who reportedly attacked Dylann Roof, 22, on his way into the shower on Aug. 4, 2016.
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Jail website: Man accused of beating Dylann Roof released on bond

Dwayne Stafford mug (CCSO)

The man accused of attacking Dylann Roof in the Charleston County jail Thursday morning has been released on bond.

According to the Charleston County Detention Center, 26-year-old Dwayne Stafford was released shortly before 8:30 p.m. Friday, just over 24 hours after a widespread call on social media to raise money for his bail and supply him funds on his commissary account.

Stafford, who was being held in the protective custody wing of the jail with Roof, is charged with armed robbery, assault, and drug possession. His bond was set at more than $100,000.

The news of Stafford's release comes a day after Roof and his appointed attorney said they have no plans to file charges against Stafford.

According to Charleston County Sheriff Al Cannon, the assault happened shortly before 8 a.m. as Roof was being escorted to the showers in Housing Unit 1B. Cannon says the two detention center guards had moved away from Roof, one to take a break and another to hand toilet paper to another inmate.

That's when detention center officials say 26-year-old Dwayne Stafford, a fellow protective custody inmate, ran down a flight of stairs and through a door that should have been locked so he could attack Roof. Jail records show Stafford is being held in the jail on assault, drug, and robbery charges from January 2015.

The attack was broken up by one of the detention deputies assigned to the housing unit.

Stafford hit Roof in the face and back, leaving him with bruises on his face and back, the report adds. Roof was checked out by jail medical staff and returned to his cell.

Cannon said the incident has led detention center officials to look at policies and processes in place at the jail and make sure that complacency is not becoming an issue.

"The very least, we have complacency -- for police officers and detentions officers it is one of the biggest problems we face," Cannon said.

The sheriff said they are also looking into how Stafford made it through what should have been a locked door, which means looking at the electronic locking mechanism.

"Stafford should not have been able to get through that door," he said.

It's all part of a larger internal investigation stemming from the incident.

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Cannon said Roof did not provoke the attack, that it was by surprise. He also could not shed any light on Stafford's motivation.

He did say Roof did not fight back.

"I don't think that there was a back and forth fight, so to speak. He was protecting himself from blows," Cannon said.

Since Stafford's name was released, hundreds of people on Twitter have asked if there is a GoFundMe account to post bail for Stafford, or for a way to add money to his commissary account. Others have called Stafford a hero and declared he should be granted a shorter sentence for carrying out the attack.

Roof faces 33 charges in federal court, and nine murder and three attempted murder charges in state court for the mass shooting at Emanuel AME Church on June 17, 2015. Prosecutors in both courts are seeking the death penalty.

The federal trial starts in Novembers. His state trial will start sometime next year. It’s tentatively set for January.

We will update this story when more information becomes available.

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