CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Security in downtown Charleston will be increasing as two high profile murder trials begin.
Federal and local law enforcement will establish a safety zone area near the county and federal courthouses.
The state murder trial for former North Charleston police officer Michael Slager begins Monday. Slager is charged with shooting and killing Walter Scott in April 2015.
The federal murder trial for accused Charleston church shooter Dylann Roof begins Monday, Nov. 7. Roof is accused of killing nine people inside Emanuel AME church in June 2015.
The safety zone will be the area from Queen Street down to Tradd Street and From King Street over to Meeting Street. Law enforcement will be positioned in these locations to respond to situations that may arise during the trials.
No street closures are expected despite the increased security.
Charleston County officials say no public parking will be allowed in county garages — King/Queen and Cumberland garages — for the next two to three weeks.