Prosecutors: Accused church shooter wrote manifesto in jail

Prosecutors: Accused church shooter wrote manifesto in jail

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - The man accused of killing nine parishioners of a downtown Charleston church wrote a jailhouse manifesto, according to federal prosecutors.

Prosecutors made that claim in a motion filed Monday that outlines all of the expert witnesses they plan to call to the stand during the trial of Dylann Roof. The areas of expertise for the experts include computer and electronic media forensics, firearms identification, gunshot residue, DNA analysis and latent fingerprint examination.

One handwriting analyst will testify that he examined several documents written by Roof,  including two manifestos, one found in Roof's car and the other in his jail cell.

Federal prosecutors also plan to call one or two experts who have specialized expertise in the area of white supremacy extremism.

In a second document filed, the federal government responded to a defense request to remove the death penalty from the table, arguing Roof's request should be denied.

Roof's attorneys filed a motion in July challenging the constitutionality of the death penalty. Monday, the feds filed a response defending the constitutionality of the death penalty.

Roof  faces over 30 federal charges including hate crimes in the shooting deaths of nine people at Mother Emanuel in Downtown Charleston on June 17, 2015.

Roof's attorneys have said their client will plead guilty if the death penalty is taken off the table.

Roof's federal trial is scheduled to begin in November.

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