Jury for accused church shooter's federal trial will come from Charleston area

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CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - The jury for the federal trial of accused Mother Emanuel AME shooter Dylann Roof will come from the area of Charleston expanding up to Georgetown, and West to Aiken.

A federal judge made that decision today at a motion hearing in downtown Charleston.

Roof's federal defense attorney, David Bruck, said he doesn't have any objection to the judge's decision to move forward with the Charleston area jury selection.

Roof  waived his right to appear in court Monday, but family members of the victims and some survivors were in the courtroom.

An attorney for some of them said he was not surprised at the judge's decision and called it technically a win for the jurors who will not have to travel long distances.

Roof faces 33 federal charges including hate crime in the incident that left nine people dead and three injured at Emanuel AME Church in June 2015. Jury selection for his federal trial is scheduled to start on Nov. 7.

The suspect was indicted on 13 charges in state court. His state trial is scheduled for Jan. 17, 2017.

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