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CCSO: Holding cell for church shooting suspect next to Slager's

Dylann Roof (Photo Source: Al Cannon Detention Center) Dylann Roof (Photo Source: Al Cannon Detention Center)
Michael Slager (Photo Source: Al Cannon Detention Center) Michael Slager (Photo Source: Al Cannon Detention Center)
CHARLESTON COUNTY, SC (WCSC) -

The man charged in the shooting deaths of nine people at a downtown church is being housed next to the former North Charleston police officer charged with murder in the shooting of Walter Scott.

Dylann Roof, 21, who faces nine counts of murder and one count of possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime, is in isolation in a cell next to Michael Slager, according to Charleston County Sheriff's Maj. Eric Watson.

Roof is accused of opening fire at a bible study at Emanuel AME Church at approximately 9:05 p.m. Wednesday. He was identified early Thursday morning after investigators examined and taken into custody after a traffic stop at approximately 11 a.m. in Shelby, North Carolina.

Slager, meanwhile, was indicted earlier this month on a charge of murder in the April 4 shooting of Scott. Police say Slager shot and killed Scott after Scott fled from his vehicle following a traffic stop along Remount Road.

Cell phone video captured by an eyewitness showed Slager firing several shots at Scott's back as the unarmed man attempted to run away. Scott died as a result of multiple gunshot wounds to the back, the Charleston County Coroner's Office confirmed.

Roof was automatically denied bond on the murder charges because only a circuit court judge can set bond for that offense. Bond was set at $1 million for the weapon charge Friday afternoon.

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