CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Attorneys representing Dylann Roof in the fatal shooting of nine people at the Mother Emanuel AME church have filed a motion to relieve them from other court cases as they focus their attention on Roof's upcoming trial.
Public Defender Ashley Pennington and William S. McGuire filed the motion Monday afternoon.
"The request is necessary to provide an adequate defense for Mr. Roof, and is an effort to assist the defense in preparing for trial in the above referenced case, currently scheduled to being on July 11, 2016," court documents stated.
Pennington cited that he is the Chief Public Defender for Charleston and Berkeley counties, as well as being manager of two law firms.
According to court documents, McGuire is currently counsel for "nine capital, or potentially capital, cases."
"Mr. McGuire's caseload is exceedingly high by national standards," the motion stated. "Mr. McGuire's current caseload of nine cases, capital d