Prosecutors: Dylann Roof headed to Tennessee after church shootings

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This photo provided by Charleston County Sheriff’s Office shows Dylann Roof, Thursday, June 18, 2015. Roof, 21, was arrested Thursday in the slayings of several people Wednesday, including the pastor, at a prayer meeting inside The Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, S.C. (Charleston County Sheriff’s Office via AP)

CHARLESTON, SC (AP) – Federal prosecutors say that the man charged in the Charleston church shootings used the internet to scope out Emanuel AME church and was trying get away to Nashville, Tennessee, when he was arrested.

The new details are included in filings in which prosecutors outline how the charges against Dylann Roof involve interstate commerce. The defense wants the charges tossed, saying the shootings had no relation to interstate commerce as required under federal law to charge hate crimes.

Prosecutors note that Roof drove on an interstate highway and had a GPS set for Nashville when arrested in North Carolina the day after the shootings on June 17, 2015.

The filings also said a phone call was made from Roof’s home to the church about four months before the shootings.

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