CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Federal prosecutors say a decision on whether they will seek the death penalty against alleged Emanuel AME Church shooter Dylann Roof should come early next year.
Roof is facing 33 federal counts including hate crime charges for the murders of nine worshipers on June 17.
Federal prosecutor Jay Richardson told judge Richard Gergel at a hearing Tuesday morning that a capital case committee will meet to decide if the death penalty will be sought. The committee will pass on their recommendation to the U.S. Attorney General, who will make the final decision.
A trial date has not been set.
Federal prosecutors also revealed they recently received new evidence -- computers that were seized.
State prosecutors will seek the death penalty against roof in that trial, which is scheduled for July 2016.