State may win trial

The Dominion Post - - World -

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.

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