CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Court records show multiple motions were filed petitioning a circuit court to extend a gag order in the trial of the man accused in the June shooting of nine people at Mother Emanuel AME Church.
Lawyers representing the families of the victims and the church filed multiple motions to extend the gag order in the Dylann Roof trial. Roof faces 13 state charges including nine counts of murder, three counts of attempted murder and a weapon charge.
Judge J.C. Nicholson set Wednesday as the deadline to file motions or else a temporary gag order imposed earlier in July would have been lifted.
The motions seek to block the release of 911 call recordings, medical examiner and coroner reports, and details from forensic, pathology and investigative reports into the shooting. It would also block witness statements, crime scene photos and information about Roof's medical or mental health records and any other evidence that might be prejudicial to the victims, families and the interests of justice.
Nicholson ordered the continuation of the gag order until a court hearing can be held to examine the materials in question.
No date has been set for that hearing.