Trial date set in Charleston shoot­ings

Cape Breton Post - - WORLD -

Charleston, S.C. — A white man charged with killing nine black parish­ioners at a Charleston church will stand trial next July, a judge ruled dur­ing a brief hear­ing Thurs­day. Cir­cuit Judge J.C. Ni­chol­son set a July 11, 2016, trial date for Dy­lann Roof, 21, who faces mul­ti­ple charges, in­clud­ing nine counts of mur­der and three counts of at­tempted mur­der stem­ming from the June 17 shoot­ings. Roof sat qui­etly dur­ing the pro­ceed­ings in a grey-striped prison jump suit in a court­room crowded with about 100 peo­ple. He was pre­sented copies of the in­dict­ments and public de­fender Ash­ley Pen­ning­ton told the judge he would not seek bond at this time “based on the to­tal­ity of the cir­cum­stances.” The judge called Roof a flight risk, not­ing he was ar­rested in Shelby, North Carolina, about 250 miles away, the day af­ter the parish­ioners were shot to death dur­ing a Bi­ble study at Emanuel African Methodist Epis­co­pal Church. Fol­low­ing the hear­ing, a doc­u­ment was filed signed by the judge deny­ing bond on the grounds that Roof is a flight risk and an un­rea­son­able dan­ger to the com­mu­nity. So­lic­i­tor Scar­lett Wil­son, the lo­cal pros­e­cu­tor, said the case “has the po­ten­tial for a cap­i­tal case” although the state has not yet said if it is seek­ing the death penalty.


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