By: Live 5 News
CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Two high-profile trials are scheduled to begin within a week of each other in the Holy City.
Michael Slager trial
The state trial of former North Charleston police officer Michael Slager, who is facing a murder charge in the shooting death of motorist Walter Scott on April 4, 2015, begins on Monday. The shooting incident occurred after a traffic stop, but a cellphone video of the incident brought the case worldwide attention when it was released days later.
Dylann Roof trial
The federal trial of Dylann Roof, accused in the shooting deaths of nine parishioners of Mother Emanuel AME Church on June 17, 2015, begins one week later. Roof is charged with nine counts of murder and three counts of attempted murder under the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act, which prohibits using a dangerous weapon to cause bodily injury or attempting to do so based on race or color; nine counts of murder and three counts of attempted murder under a second federal hate crime statute that prohibits the use or threat of force to obstruct any person's free exercise of their religious beliefs; and an additional nine counts involving the use of a firearm to commit murder during and in relation to a crime of violence, according to the federal indictment.
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