Dylann Roof wants federal judge to decide fate, not jury

Dylann Roof wants federal judge to decide fate, not jury

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Accused Emanuel AME Church shooter Dylann Roof wants a federal judge to decide his fate, not a jury.

In court documents filed on Thursday, Roof's attorneys say he will waive his right to a jury trial.

The federal trial is scheduled to start with jury selection on Nov. 7.

According to the document, federal prosecutors have told Roof's defense team that they won't agree to Roof's request.

Roof faces numerous federal counts, including hate crimes.

U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch had announced that prosecutors will seek the death penalty against Roof.

Attorneys and prosecutors estimate that that the first phase of the trial will each take two to three weeks to complete, and two more weeks for the penalty phase.

According to Gergel, jury qualification will begin on Nov. 7, and there could be 1,200 to 1,500 prospective jurors.

Roof's attorney, David Bruck, said he may ask the judge to have jurors picked from the Charleston area and not statewide.

Bruck said he would consult with Roof on the issue.

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