Accused Charleston church shooter's attorneys seek evidence
Dylann Roof appeared in court on July 16 in connection with the shooting at the Mother Emanuel AME Church. (Photo Source: Live 5)
By MEG KINNARD Associated Press
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Attorneys for the white man accused of killing nine black churchgoers in Charleston want prosecutors to share whatever evidence they have against their client.
Lawyers for Dylann Roof argue in papers filed Thursday they want all documents, reports, witness statements and recordings the state plans to use in its case. The request is a fairly routine in a criminal case.
State prosecutors have said they will pursue the death penalty against Roof in the June 17 shootings of nine black parishioners at Emanuel AME Church.
A judge has set a hearing next week to hear arguments on whether documents, including 911 calls, from the church shootings will be released to the media.
Roof also faces federal charges that could carry the death penalty.