Accused shooter, Roof, had list of black churches

Dylann Storm Roof

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) – The Latest in the federal trial of a man accused of gunning down nine South Carolina church members during Bible study (all times local):

11 a.m.

A prosecution witness has testified that a list of black churches was found in the car of the man charged with killing nine people at a South Carolina church when he was arrested last year.

Former State Law Enforcement Division agent Brittany Burke testified Monday the names of a handful of other churches and their addresses were found on a handwritten list in a backpack in Dylann Roof’s car.

Burke is one of the agents who processed evidence found in Roof’s car when he was arrested after the June 2015 shootings at Emanuel AME Church. During her testimony, prosecutors showed other pictures of items retrieved from Roof’s car, including a cellphone, laptop, ammunition and an American flag that had been burned.

Roof is being tried in federal court on 33 charges, including hate crimes and obstruction of the practice of a religion. A jury began hearing testimony in the case last week.


9:35 a.m.

Attorneys for the man charged with killing nine people during a Bible study in a Charleston church are again arguing prosecutors’ first witness tainted the case against their client.

The defense team for Dylann Roof argues in court papers filed Monday comments made by one of the survivors of the Emanuel AME Church shooting could influence other witnesses who were in the courtroom at the time.

Felicia Sanders testified last week Roof belonged in “the pit of hell.” Defense attorneys requested a mistrial, saying her testimony was suggestive he should get the death penalty.

U.S. District Judge Richard Gergel denied that motion and allowed Sanders’ testimony to remain in the record. In their new filing, Roof’s defense team asks the judge to reconsider that decision and also to instruct further witnesses to leave their opinions on potential sentences out of their testimony.

Roof faces 33 federal charges including hate crimes. He faces a possible death sentence.

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