Solicitor: Too early to talk death penalty in Charleston church shooting case

VIDEO: Solicitor says it's too soon to talk death penalty in Charleston church shooting

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - The solicitor who will prosecute the man accused of a mass shooting at a downtown church has not yet put the death penalty on the table.

"My mission is to serve justice for the families and the community, efficiently and effectively," Ninth Circuit Solicitor Scarlett Wilson said.

But Wilson declined to discuss whether she would seek the death penalty against 21-year-old Dylann Roof, saying in fairness to the victims' families, she wants to wait.

Wilson spoke at a press conference Friday afternoon immediately after Roof's bond hearing. Roof faces nine counts of murder and a weapons charge in the shooting at Emanuel AME Church on Wednesday night.

A judge set bond on the weapon charge at $1 million, but bond was automatically denied on the murder charges because only a circuit court judge can set bond on murder charges.

Wilson said she wants to thank the country for wrapping its arms around Charleston during this difficult time, and that right now her job is to get justice.

Wilson's office is working with the U.S. Justice Department, which is investigating the shooting as a possible hate crime, she said.

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