Deputies: Reports of jail assault on church shooting suspect false

Published: Jul. 21, 2015 at 7:21 PM EDT|Updated: Jul. 21, 2015 at 7:40 PM EDT
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CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - The Charleston County Sheriff's Office released a statement Tuesday disputing reports the man accused of killing nine people in a Charleston church had been assaulted in jail.

"The source for all of these false reports is social media," Charleston County Sheriff's Maj. Eric Watson said in a statement. "These reports are untrue and are originating from non-credible sources on social media."

Dylann Roof, 21, remains in custody at the Charleston County Detention Center. Watson said Roof is in good health and remains in protective custody where he is "closely monitored."

Roof was in a Charleston County courtroom on July 16 wearing a jail jumpsuit, his arms and legs shackled.

Ninth Circuit Solicitor Scarlett Wilson served Roof with nine murder and three attempted murder warrants.

It was the first chance some of Roof's alleged victims' family members had the chance to see the suspect.

Judge J.C. Nicholson set a trial date of July 11, 2016.

Roof was arrested in connection with the shooting the day after the incident in Shelby, North Carolina after a citizen recognized the car he was driving from descriptions released by police that morning.

According to police, Roof sat in the bible study for about an hour before pulling out his gun and shooting the nine victims, including the historic church's lead pastor and state Sen. Clementa Pinckney, 41.

The other victims killed in the shooting were Tywanza Sanders, the Revs. Sharonda Singleton, DePayne Middleton Doctor, and Daniel Simmons Sr.; and Cynthia Hurd, Myra Thompson, Ethel Lance, and Susie Jackson.

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