South Carolina governor calls for death penalty in church shooting case
Governor Nikki Haley of South Carolina speaking at the 2013 Conservative Political Action Conference (Gage Skidmore/Flickr)

South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley said on Friday the suspect in the deadly church shooting in Charleston should face the death penalty if convicted.


In an interview on NBC's "Today" show, Haley said, "This is a state hurt by the fact that nine people innocently were killed. We will absolutely want him to have the death penalty."

Haley also said she wanted Dylann Roof tried on state charges in South Carolina rather than federal charges.