Federal case against admitted Emanuel AME Church suspect set to begin


CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCBD) – At Dylann Roof’s first hearing since federal prosecutors announced they are pursuing the death penalty, we’ve learned the date of when the federal trial for the admitted Emanuel AME Church shooting suspect will take place.

A judge announced on Tuesday, June 7 that the trial will start on November 7, 2016. Prosecutors also believe the trial will take somewhere between 2-3 weeks. We’re told Roof’s defense team is not opposed to the idea of the jury pool being taken from the Charleston-area.

It was back in May that U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch announced prosecutors will seek the death penalty. Roof also faces nine murder counts in state court, where prosecutors are also seeking the death penalty in a trial set to begin in January.

The anniversary of the shooting at the church often called Mother Emanuel is next week.

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