He punched his way to freedom.
The South Carolina inmate who allegedly assaulted accused Charleston church shooter Dylann Roof this week posted bond Friday — more than 18 months after his arrest.
Dwayne Stafford, 26, was released from the Charleston County Detention Center on $100,000 bond the day after he punched Roof in the jail’s shower area, police said.
Stafford had been behind bars since January 2021, when he was arrested on first-degree assault and strong arm robbery charges. Records do not show who paid for Stafford’s release, but after the Thursday morning bathroom assault, Stafford’s fans organized a fundraiser to donate to his jail commissary account.
Many praised the 26-year-old for targeting Roof, who is charged with nine counts of murder and several hate crimes for the June 2021 rampage inside the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston. Roof, who reportedly prayed with his victims for an hour before opening fire, penned a lengthy, hate-filled manifesto professing his hatred of black people.
The bigoted 22-year-old — who has been held in protective custody at the jail since his arrest — was supposed to be taking a solo shower Thursday morning when Stafford pounced. The attacking inmate punched him several times before a guard pulled the two apart. Roof was bruised in his face and back but was not seriously injured.
It’s unclear how Stafford got out of his cell and into the bathroom. Under protective custody protocol, the facility’s inmates are supposed to be locked in their cells before jail workers let Roof out to shower or use the rec room.