CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Acting United States Attorney Beth Drake has published an open letter to the Emanuel AME shooting survivors and victims' family members ahead of the start of Dylann Roof's federal trial this fall.
Federal prosecutors are seeking the death penalty against Roof, who faces federal 33 charges after nine people were killed and three were injured during bible study at the downtown Charleston church in June 2015.
Roof's attorneys have previously said he would plead guilty of all charges if the government stops pursing the death penalty.
"I want to assure you that this United States Attorney's Office will continue to give you our best," she says in the letter. "Working with the Department of Justice Civil Rights Division and the Capital Case Unit, Assistant United States Attorneys Jay Richardson and Nathan Williams will work long, hard hours to ensure your rights are protected, that the United States puts forth a strong case, and that the defendant receives a fair trial."
"While it may appear in court pleadings that the state and federal court are both working towards a speedy trial, at the end of the day, we are all after the same thing – justice. "
Read the entire letter here:
Jury selection for Roof's federal trial is scheduled to start on Nov. 7.