State may win trial
South Carolina has primary jurisdiction over the case of a man accused of fatally shooting nine black parishioners in Charleston last June and should be allowed to prosecute him before the federal government does, a state attorney argued yesterday. Dylann Roof, 22, is charged with nine counts of murder in the shooting deaths of parishioners during a Bible study class at Emanuel AME Church. Currently, Roof’s federal trial on hate crimes and other charges is set for November. The state case is not scheduled to begin until January. Both state and federal prosecutors are seeking the death penalty.